Arianna Lucci

Università degli Studi di Roma "La Sapienza"

Facoltà di Architettura

P48 | RE-DEVELOPMENT OF THE CITY AND THE WALLS OF HERAKLION. Bastion sabbionara: Redevelopment of the port area.

by Arianna Lucci 

The Sabbionara bastion once stood directly on the sandy ground but the growth of the city has brought the strip of land that separated the bastion from the sea to extend the distance between the two elements and it is here that I decided to intervene. The fundamental principles that guided the design is the creation of a unit area underground the main road, to recreate the contact with the sea through the segmentation of the pier and through a water tank located under the walls that further accentuate this bond, and to favor and preserve the view of the bastion from the sea, leaving the visual cone to not obstruct the view by placing the buildings at either ends of the area. A different scale of building design was selected for the services center, small in size volumes placed very close to each other to recreate the dense fabric of the historic city that is located within the city walls. On the contrary, the building that houses the headquarters of the Coast Guard acts as a barrier, regaining the role of walls in the final stretch. The services area has been designed using containers. This architectural choice is due to the intention of wanting to give a clear connotation to the whole area, highlighting its primary function, that is a port area. Also thanks to their size and their transportable character, it is very simple to create combinations that may be satisfactory from the functional and the architectural point of view. With this method, I planned the local services, some new, while others already in the area were relocated to fit with the whole project.
 As said, the headquarters of the Coast Guard has the function of a barrier, and as such, its volume is elongated and extends like it is meant to touch the tip of the bastion. As a barrier, it is impenetrable except for two points, where there are gates that dig clearly the front as if they were the access doors to the walls.


Arianna Lucci  graduated from the Faculty of Architecture "Ludovico Quaroni" at the University “La Sapienza” of Rome during the academic year 2011-2012. In 2013, she acquired her professional license from the Order of Architects of Rome. From 2009 to 2012, she worked at a private practice of Engineering and Architecture on private, public and competition projects. In 2008 she participated in a contest of ideas titled Designing in Teheran sponsored by the Benetton Group. The theme involved the construction of a multipurpose building hosting business, office and residential uses, located in the center of Tehran. She currently works at Pentastudio Associated Architects where she is involved in the design team for private projects (interior design) and public ones (social housing). She is also responsible for managing relationships with customers and some manufacturers.