La Gare Maritime – LT and CLT structures

Step into the transformed world of Gare Maritime, a railway station for goods built at the beginning of the 20th century, reborn as a captivating covered cityscape from the visionary minds at Neutelings Riedijk Architects. This architectural marvel, designed as a bustling city district shielded under magnificent steel roofs, stands as the grandest Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) project in all of Europe.

Offices, shops, cafés, and restaurants seamlessly interwoven with ample public spaces, creating a vibrant urban oasis where it never rains – a city within a city. The use of CLT, or Cross Laminated Timber, not only lends a warm and natural aesthetic but also expedites construction through prefabrication and a dry building process.

Il Fondaco dei Tedeschi – Timber structures

Il Fondaco dei Tedeschi - Timber structures

The Fondaco dei Tedeschi has been a part of the history of Venice for as many as eight centuries, first built in 1228 and then rebuilt after a devastating fire in 1508.

As its name suggests – its translation literally meaning “warehouse of the Germans” – since medieval times the building was used as a trading post by German merchants who stocked here their goods arriving from Nuremberg and Augsburg. The German community continued to use the building until the Napoleonic invasion of 1797.