15m north park
The new waterfront, Gabicce Mare (PU), becomes one continuous park that develops parallel to the coastline from the port to the promontory overlooking the sea.
The new touristic image of Gabicce is based on the richness of public open spaces. The public spaces foster an atmosphere of leisure in both the city and the beach while also consolidating the city and the beach into one coherent whole
The context of Gabicce is certainly extraordinary and because of its intrinsic characteristics and its variety of micro-landscapes, it is set to become a laboratory of best practices for coastal cities.
The city of Gabicce contains in a very short space an extraordinary concentration of diverse landscapes that must be valued and exploited in a touristic way without altering the value of natural areas
The Intermediate territory : a public space to reunite the city to the beach
The potential of the waterfront area is unlimited and because of its position as an intermediate between the natural and the urban, there is the possibility to enhance both.
The first step to gain ground is to move the communal ownership of the 15 m north, partially invading the private property. In this way, the road section will be the size needed to accommodate squares, parks, sports fields, a bike path and wider sidewalks.
The bathing machines represent the beginning of the history of maritme tourism even when this practice was still tied to cold water diving. The pier for Gabicce is a symbol of identity. To upgrade the pier, while still retaining its personality and landscape qualities, we propose a waterpark of islands floating in the sea.
The bathing machines were horse-drawn carriages that were driven into the sea and used as private bathing quarters. They are the paradigm of instruments that are linked to the mainland and invade the sea. For us they become potential devices to enrich the experience of swimming in the sea. The floating islands create an archipelago able to extend beyond the reach of the pier
In the style of the French Riviera, the park becomes a promenade at the densest part of the city . It is the waterfront par excellence: an urban platform for collective rituals of the holiday, while also providing public space for use by residents.
TERRAZZA A MARE
“The terrace on the sea” or “the water square” is the symbol of the historically rooted identity of a novel tourist resort. The new square is integrated within the historic staircase. The visual connection between the square and the beach mirrors the sea terraces in top and bottom. The new public space is a connection between the city and the sea and between the two promenades, lower and upper level
The complexity of the system of the staircase and square multiplies the levels of the public spaces. In this point of the project the city and the beach meet each other
The park on the mountain, s. Bartolo, becomes a new expanded cover of green roofs of the beach facilities. It is imagined by extending the grassy area above the buildings. This creates a unified green park in the waterfront and provides a further "green" beach for sunbathing.