2024 UDAD 🏆 Awards

Gold Winner | The Sports Forest | MARAZZI ARCHITETTI

The plan for the new sports citadel for the metropolitan city of Venice pursues the strategic aim of offering the community a territorial epicenter in which, through the sport, developing the culture of psycho-physical well-being and social cohesion. All in a setting characterized by profound ecological and environmental awareness.

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Gold 🏆 Winner
Urban Design & Architecture Design Awards 2024

The Sports Forest
Sports Architecture (Under Construction)


Arch. Marazzi Davide

Design Team
Marazzi Architetti

Venice, Italy


©Marazzi Architetti

The Venice Sports Forest will therefore be a multiple place, for the construction of identities through passion and high-level sporting experience, for the building of active sociality through the sharing of moments of informal sport, music and entertainment, for education thanks to the presence of schools and training institutes.

The urban strategy responds to a criterion of efficiency that, by means of the urban concentration of functions with a high demand for mobility, avoids the widespread proliferation of infrastructures, parking lots and services. The proximity to the Marco Polo airport and the on-going construction of a new railway link with a dedicated station will guarantee effective and sustainable regional interconnections.

The urban forestation principle that guides the landscape design is inspired by a careful reading of the local scenario that identifies the generative element in the admirable Mestre Woods.

The organic design is influenced by the strong and inseparable relationship between sport, life and health; the planivolumetric interpretation clearly refers to a DNA strand or a complex cellular system.

At the Venice Sports Forest, professional sport, non-competitive practice, training and entertainment will coexist in synergy; more in detail, the functional program includes:

  1. a) a stadium for football and rugby for 16,000 spectators;
  2. b) a multifunctional indoor arena for 10,000 spectators;
  3. c) an outdoor arena for open-air performances and events;
  4. d) a sports education campus which includes:
  • an indoor aquatic center with Olympic swimming pool, training and diving pool;
  • an outdoor leisure pool with wet beach;
  • a beach arena with 6 beach volleyball courts;
  • a racquet club with 3 tennis courts and 5 padel courts;
  • a futsal center with 5 fields;
  • training institutes and related services, for a total of 14,500 sqm;
  • guesthouses and related services, for a total of 10,000 sqm;
  1. e) facilities for unstructured sport including: 3 basketball courts, 1 soccer field, 1 skate-park.

A strong environmental strategy aims at very high levels of sustainability by providing:

– sustainable mobility via public electric transportation (> 50% of the demand);

– highly performing buildings in terms of insulation, passive protection and energy consumption containment (NZEB buildings);

– exclusive use of renewable energy sources (geothermal heat pumps + photovoltaic);

– short supply chain construction systems with extensive use of recyclable materials;

– extensive recovery of rainwater for irrigation and sanitary use;

– minimization of impervious surfaces and maximization of trees (reduction of heat island effect);

– provision of advanced BMS systems to increase the efficiency of plant management.