An abandoned hospital complex is part of the extinct Ospedale al Mare – Hospital by the Sea – built from 1921 onward as innovative healthcare facilities by the Mediterranean in Lido, Venice devoted to the treatment of tuberculosis.


  • How can abandoned urban sites can be brought back to life and benefit their communities?

  • How can a cultural program and its public activities successfully activate and regenerate an urban sector?

  • How will the existing buildings be adapted to respond to future transformations?

  • How should the memory of the place be recovered and integrated in the new functions of the site?


This intervention seeks to establish a framework to encourage community involvement by creating a sustainable ecosystem and destination for residents of the Venetian Lido that is both embedded in the current conditions as well as able to shift to accommodate future needs.

RenderingS by Olia Miho & Patrick Carata

water circulation
land circulation
points of interest

Water, pedestrian and vehicular access is introduced by linking the site to an existing channel and road system starting at the intersection of Via Cipro and Via Aldo Manuzio and terminating in front of the Teatro Marinoni. The final destination is a new waterpark featuring a pool, an amphitheater for outdoor performances, a ship-building workshop, cafes, and retail for water sports.

Flanking the channel a new residential community is established weaving the site into the urban fabric of the island as well as providing the capital to develop the Ospedale al Mare into a community destination.


Visual and physical connections are implemented along major axis providing views into our site. The current wall of buildings is carved at the ground plane creating a series of gateways opening up the site to its surrounding and encouraging interaction with the surrounding community.


The rebuilding of the community center will be a gradual process responding to the needs of the community. The new additions/alterations take advantage of the variety of trades that will be taught on site. Starting with workshops for boat building, the carved gateways are cladded with strips of bent wood using the trade of traditional boat building. As the center grows, the variety of trade workshops available will increase and thus providing other means for transforming the buildings. In the future, the buildings will reflect the trade of metal working, masonry construction etc. This resulting architecture will shift with each era/generation, but at the same time commemorate the remnants of what was.


Olia Miho
Patrick Carata