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