Due to regulations in the area (since the land has been franchised to a private company until 2030) the project should be developed in two stages. First, before 2030, the construction of the phytoremediation park can be carried out. Hence, the healing of the area can begin, reducing pollution of soil and water and rendering it fit for human activities. In this early stage, the area would still be isolated (since works cannot begin in the future port area) which would be wise as the level of pollutants is still high.
Once the franchise expires, the redevelopment process can be completed. The cruise port can be built, along with a natural slope, which acts as a natural barrier and buffer between the park and the port area. Moreover, the transportation system can be integrated in the area, linking it with the Metropolitan system Mestre-Marghera and the San Giuliano park.
Although the main goal of the phytoremediation park would be to sanitise the area, it represents a considerable aesthetic asset as well. It aids to define a green, natural waterfront more suitable to the Venetian lagoon and its heritage value. The current “drosscape” state of Marghera seriously damages the image of Venice and limits the consolidation of the metropolitan area. The wild plant life the park would provide, ensures a rich and diverse landscape, which connects to our innermost sensations as human beings, and provides a valuable urban space for inhabitants and tourists alike
Nature exceeds the park limits and continues into the port. The slope becomes itself a shelter for the port activities and terminals, almost arriving to the harbour. Green roof technologies available nowadays allow the wilderness to become part of the structure, making it disappear into the landscape.
An aquatic piazza, as the focal point of the composition, recalls the historic importance of water both to the city and to the healing process of the area. It saws the project together: Port, Park and the dramatic backdrop of La Serenissima.