After careful consideration I choose to analyse two sites. The spaces between fishermens houses on the island of Burano and the collection of squares near San Sebastiano.
Understanding the spatiality through sketching
To understand which parameters create the observed spatiality I sketched. Slowly an understanding developed.
To better understand the developing spatiality seven models were built, the building forms were sampled from Venice, London and memory. The models were then arranged to form six diffrent spaces each of which was photographed and the plans noted on paper. Then each plan form was approximated by a new configuration of buildings, the reason being to check the effects of the elevation.
Computer rendered walkthrough
Very simple computer models were made to test the spaces. Since the facades are of little interest and 12
had to be created only basic spatial models were used.
To test whether the spatiality could be translated beyond the scale of a square the casting was made so that it could represent an interior space.
Venice at ground level
The citys close relationship to water generate unusual and interesting ground-floor conditions. My aim with this research was to understand more about the organisation of Venetian buildings. Specifically in relation to the square, the canal, the fondamenta and other urban conditions.
The ground floor seems to be used as commercial and service space rather than living space. To get to the living space you pass a number of transitional spaces, there is always a gradual change from public to private.
Photograps from venice taken with the given brief and previous exercises in mind.