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“La bella addormentata in pineta: il risveglio”



Alive and buzzing in the summer, sleepy and quiet in the colder seasons, Lignano from the Second World War has kept developing primarily into a renown holiday destination, much loved by tourists from Austria and Northern Europe and targeted by a wider local regional public. This dual “seasonal” character has been Lignano’s blessing and curse. It marked Lignano’s touristic succes in the summer and a significant slower economy and diminished liveliness in the “off season” months. The southern area (the riviera), in particular, is dominated by a beautiful yet fragile, raw, natural landscape with great potential (the dunes, the pine forest and the Delta of the river Tagliamento) but has been victim of a speculative development, not anchored in any integral vision for infrastructure and in a more balanced and comprehensive development for Lignano and its residents.

The lack of an intentional urban vision, central squares, stronger connections makes de experience of the public space within the Southern part of Lignano (the Riviera) weak, chaotic and disorganised. 


In order to reach Lignano’s full potential, and in order to preserve and enhance its natural resources, a broader and a long term vision needs to be cast and a deeper study needs to be undertaken, not limited to addressing the re qualification of single “spots”, but rather addressing these areas from a larger urban context, and for the potential impulse they can generate to their surroundings. In some cases, the intervention entails healing broken connections; in other cases the demolition of some low quality existing buildings, or even sacrificing some pine trees in order to make way for a more intentional reorganisation of the public space. Some existing elements (trees, a church building, the Kursaal building) need to be integrated into the new intervention. Within this project we present a study which cannot be a comprehensive solution, but will address primarily the assigned areas described in the competition. Yet, in our design, we suggest to look further, on a larger scale.




  1. Improved connectivity to and within Lignano.

  2. A dialogue between the natural resources and the urban interventions

  3. Intentional reorganisation of the public space

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