Piazza Vittorio Veneto
Just 3-cm joints between the paving slabs, together with the water as a backdrop, is enough to achieve a subtle, sensitive design, capable of powerfully emotional results with soft gestures. Boris Podrecca designs a project of strong personality in Trieste, seeking rich content as well as new energies.
The specific dimensions of the sandstone slabs is a sign of the close link between concept and pre-existences; the material assumes a variety of characteristics according to the tensions of the place and the project, sealing the vocation of each architectural work and each space of being unique and unrepeatable.
A flamed finish, the presence of water, the choice of colour and slight vein enhance the qualities of the stone’s surface. They accentuate the play of reflections produced by the sunlight and artificial gashes along the ground.
The underground garage is only marginally perceived when vehicles exit from the corners of the rectangular square.
The overall design echoes the predominant geometrical dimensions present between via Milano and via Galitti; it gives rhythm to the centre with regular 36-cm-wide orthogonal lines framing paving stones; it hierarchically accentuates the monumental fulcrum through both the increasing dimensions of the ashlars and the importance of the role of the joints between them. In fact, the approximately 15 cm-wide joints appear to become stone tesserae of the grid, while the monolithic elements measuring 54 x 75 cm are magnified within homogenous squares, obtained by laying alongside one another four identical slabs to form the total dimensions of 85 x 185 cm. Adding tension to the composition is the chiaroscuro effect of the two-tone pavers around the monumental basin of the fountain. The project involves laying a carpet of stone between the two elegant entrances of the buildings overlooking the square, for the entire length of its longer side, a paved surface upon which the central sculpture ideally sits.