Located in the Venetian Lagoon, Italy
Designed in Paris, France with Martin Detoeuf at École Spéciale d'Architecture

One of the many abandoned isles of the Venetian Lagoon, Cansone Prime Poste is a brick ruin, with four walls and no roof. The island barely extends past the ruin’s boundaries and is completely inundated beneath 90 cm of water in winter when the tides are at their highest.The house is intended for the temporary visitor, the traveler who comes by boat at dawn and leaves by dusk. The house is an assortment of blatant suggestions.

Space is created above, below and within concrete rooms. No two rooms are identical. Each space has its own defining elements: a rug, a telescope, a boat, a café table and two chairs, a pool, a toilet, two bookshelves, four cots, a wood burning stove, a bean bag chair, a barbecue, a dining table and five stools, a bathtub, a hammock, one square opening, no roof, one rectangular opening. They do not touch the walls of the ruin and each room is different in its elevation. The only common floor is that of the ruin itself.

The arrangement of solidity in emptiness negotiates the relationships between the existing ruin, the sea, the isle, the lagoon, and the individual’s presence.