with Dragana Kostic, Marco Scapin, Chiara Riboni, Ciara Seymour


Via Ca’d’Oro is one hours distance from London. Efficiently connected with two main airports. Via Ca’d’Oro is ten minutes distance from the contemporary life temples. Mediaworld, Auchan, Brico, the Virgin Active Fitness Center with swimming pool, the Casino, are all in close proximity, and, in the remote case of need, a new hospital is nearby.
Via Ca’d’Oro is five minutes distance from A4 highway. A convenient high flow road connects it to the junctions.

The site is located in the wealthy Po valley, an accomplished expression of the fragmentation of our society, an implacable extension of the suburbs, all the while, apart of the wild individualism that enjoys all the comforts of an intense urban life. Expression of scattered territories based on obsessive principles of addition and combination. The good fate of a place such as this relies all on its perception, not on its immanence.

Ca’ d’ Oro (via), EF13 is located before Ca’ Deriva (via), A 19.
Via Ca’d’Oro is an alphanumeric code on a map. It can be individuated and reached by 3 buses, numbers 12, 13 and 15. At the stop, one encounters an Agip gas station, an auto body shop, a transport trucks firm, and a bed&breakfast. Via Ca’d’Oro stands in an excellent position to become an interchange for visiting the surrounding cultural hubs of Venice, Treviso and Padua, in addition to, the Brenta Riviera, the beaches of Venice Lido, Jesolo and Cavallino. The good fate of a place such as this relies all on its relative location, not actual.

Via Ca’d’Oro bears the name of one of the most spectacular Venetian palaces. Parasite of a shared, universal and mythological imagination. Via Ca’d’Oro stands in the heart of the Venetian hinterland. In the past, the area could be adequately described with words such as sandbank, canals, and shoals. Today that same language is rendered ineffective, having been replaced with a different vernacular that includes, small detached house, shed, traffic light, and pedestrian bridge. The good fate of a place such as this relies all on its ability to appropriate an identity, not to inherit it.

But Via Ca’d’Oro isn’t just that.
Via Ca’d’Oro is an ambitious social housing experiment that ostentatiously exhibits its own distinction with respect to the multitude of fenced solitary habitations in close proximity. Via Ca’d’Oro is an optimistic supporter of density. It does not delegate the institution of relationships and opportunities to the new communications immaterial net and solid infrastructural weaves. It encourages the sharing of facilities and spaces, reduces the energetic waste and multiplies energy. The good result of an experiment such as this relies all on its ability to tempt contiguity and mixture, not to prescribe a reaction.




Via Cà d’Oro area stands in the heart of the Venetian green areas system. The project site is at the southern end of the 225 ha wide “Mestre Forest”, and is in the middle between two urban parks, Bissuola Park and San Giuliano Park.

The design proposal doesn’t intend the green areas to be a complement or decoration, but more as an integral part of a complex system, administrative and territorial, decisive elements necessary in reaching the desirable density between the built and open spaces.

The vegetation at ground level, combined with the green rooftops, contributes in a crucial way to contrast the “heat island” effect. This measure also helps to avoid possible overheating related to various building mechanisms and guarantees a comfortable inner and exterior microclimate.


Via Cà d’Oro area stands in a crucial and favourable position in the sphere of the local (and also national and international) transportation system. All the principal interchanges, airports and stations are comfortably reachable in a short time.



The Mestre area is considered one of the most bike-friendly Italian urban environments, and in the last decade the cycling network has grown tremendously. It is desirable that this process continues and as a result the framework of the proposal provides a connection of Via Cà d’Oro area to the existing network, giving future inhabitants a viable alternative to cars.


The Venetian area is characterized by weak winter prevailing winds coming from NW and strong autumn winds coming from NE. During the summer there is a breeze coming from the SE. Keeping in consideration these phenomenons, the design proposal prefigures the creation of an embankment on the eastern side of the plot. This has the double function of shielding the flats from atmospheric and sounding pollution coming from Viale Martiri della Libertà, and to protect the buildings from the cold winter winds coming from NE. The orientation and the depth of the buildings allow the exploitation of the cool summer breeze, so that natural air can pervade the entire volume of the flats thusly limiting the use of air conditioning.



While the underground parking area is built in reinforced concrete, all the structures above ground are composed by a modern wooden prefab construction system. This system guarantees an excellent structural strength and seismic response, efficient wall perspiration, and acoustic and thermal insulation. The prefab system allows a radical reduction in cost and time in the construction phase, guaranteeing consistent economic savings. All the building materials come from natural sources, certified by well-known international organizations.