Costa Concordia Architecture Competition Rethinks Disaster to Create a New Seaside Park in Italy

by , 12/19/12

New Concordia Island Contest, costa condordia, architecture competition, disaster recovery, italy

First place was awarded to Alexander Laing & Francesco Matteo Belfiore from London, who envisioned the transformation of the wreck by exploring the dichotomy between removal and storage. They proposed removing the portion above water and retaining the underwater portion, which becomes a container of new activities and crossings of the ship among paths, tanks of water and surfaces planted. Two suspended routes above the water connect the land to the wreckage for visitors to access it.

New Concordia Island Contest, costa condordia, architecture competition, disaster recovery, italy, Vulmaro Zoffi

Second place went to Vulmaro Zoffi from Milan, Italy, who also proposed removing portions of the ship to create a new artificial reef below the water line to create a new habitat for marine species. A sequence of metal blades replace portions of the ship and when the tide falls these are visible to remind visitors of the shape of the ship and become a new place for birds and insects to inhabit.

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  1. Christ Jan Wijtmans February 9, 2013 at 10:45 am

    Hi Bidgette, i love you articles they are well written and interesting :)

  2. RemyC February 7, 2013 at 10:16 am

    A great page from the BBC on the salvage operation:

  3. December 19, 2012 at 7:56 pm

    I’m not sure that it’s always so valuable to post conceptual stuff, granted, the competition may have occured, someone might have one, but none of these will ever be executed in reality. There is already a process in place that will salvage the remains as was aired on a recent 60 minutes see

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