Lignano Pinewood


Lignano Pinewood

08.04.2024 – Competition Results

The ambitious aim of this competition was to achieve the incorporation of an Eco-Hotel complex immersed in the Pinewood landscape of Lignano Sabbiadoro, while simultaneously ensuring the preservation of its natural surroundings. In addition, participants took on the challenge of designing a new Masterplan capable of integrating and reestablishing the connections between the Pinewood area and the urban fabric.

The winning proposals leaned towards an approach of respect for local identity, preservation of the natural environment and minimal impact. In the Commercial Plaza, areas of public use were improved through colors and textures, increasing pedestrian connections and limiting high-impact interventions. Finally, the best designs of the Eco-Hotel knew how to integrate the majesty of the landscape with the new projects, promoting respect for the environment and creating harmonious spaces capable of combining nature, materiality and comfort.

TerraViva congratulates all the participants of Lignano Pinewood for the remarkable submitted projects!


Pinewood Synesthesia
Marine Joli, Claire Neff, Adrien Petit [France]

From the waterfront to the heart of the pine forest, Lignano offers a highly nuanced path : from the beach to the deep forest. All of these environments are highly differentiated from one another by the sounds that are associated to them. It is through a sensory link between these sounds and colors that the project is developed through different installations: the Pinewood Synesthesia.

Exploring the connections between color, sound, and materiality involves delving into a project that respects the distinct identities and histories of the places. Acknowledging the existing sensory bonds between these locales, their sounds, and colors, the project is grounded in this uncommon synergy.

The soundscape varies across Lignano’s landscapes : the beach, the seafront road, the UNICEF park and the Commercial plaza are tinged with bright colors because of the loud sounds associated with them. In contrast, the quieter edge of the pine forest and the eco hotel hum with human activity, complemented by softer, pastel tones. Deeper in the forest, where there’s only space for reflection, the sounds are muted by the trees, echoing deeper, darker colors.

The physical and visual expression of these sounds is achieved through the use of fabric, a material of Italian history and economy, which becomes an architecture. The fabric is all at once enveloping, protective, interventionist and guiding. Poetic, it provides both distance and accompaniment throughout the journey.

This plurality of sounds is illustrated by a multitude of pavilions that are both peaceful and active. These fabric pavilions can be considered as a form of architecture, temporary or not, capable of transforming space. In the same way as modular structures, fabric can be folded, stretched and shaped to satisfy particular needs. Just as architecture uses light, fabric can change the atmosphere of a space by filtering light, absorbing sound or creating visual patterns.

Considering all these elements, the hotel is designed to be respectful of the surroundings. The eco hotel, compact and featuring clean lines, is elevated on a platform designed to minimize its impact on the ground. Its materials, including wood, clay, raw earth, and straw, are chosen to honor the area’s heritage. Drawing inspiration from the communal spaces of the Casone of the Morano lagoon, the hotel fosters a sense of shared living and connection.

Wherever you go, fabric reflects the sounds of each place by capturing this essence in its fibers. It quietly holds the history and beauty of Lignano, between the sea and the pine forest.

“Audacious yet minimal interventions achieve a striking impact through both sensory and spatial media. The proposal stands out for its freshness, seamlessly blending sound, color, and materiality to create a multi-sensory experience that reinterprets many elements of local traditions. Through this unique approach, the project fosters a deep connection between architecture and the natural environment, offering a respectful yet transformative presence in the setting.”


In the Shade of Pines
Guillaume Celante [France]


The urban approach of the project is based on the desire to improve and develop the existing situation by limiting heavy interventions as much as possible. Firstly, on the scale of the Pinewood area, by creating a network of pedestrian and cyclist routes which extend those of the Piccinato Plan and allow continuities by connecting to the different axis of the city. 

The major intervention is located via Corso Dei Continenti, now abandoned in terms of uses, despite its strategic importance in seeking to open the city towards this natural space. In the same way as the coastline facade, this natural facade becomes a central place in the city. 


What responses should we provide to the act of building on a preserved natural site, and which must continue to be so? A project of this scale involves degradation of the site, in particular removing numerous trees. It therefore implies an architectural design that keeps this essential point in mind to limit its impact while agreeing to find its place and assume its interest within a dynamic territory. The Eco-Hotel complex aims to offer an immersive experience within the Lignano Pinewood. Each route, each view during a stay must open in sequence towards this very particular landscape. For this, the choice is made to offer two fine buildings (10.5m thick) expressed in length according to a regular grid of 2.20m and united on the ground floor by a base bringing together all the elements of common programs widely open to the outside (auditorium, bar-restaurant, healthcare facilities, etc.).

On this base, three levels accommodate all the types of rooms and their loggia (88 rooms two, three or four frames’ typologies) all oriented west towards the interior of the Pinewood and protected from views from public spaces. Accessible by vertical circulations and largely glazed passageways, each moment experienced within the building orients and frames its views of its natural environment. On the last level, the roofs are made accessible and partially covered by peripheral passageways in the extension of the facades. Controlling the general height of the building, this largely planted spaces become places of rest and contemplation. From the hall of the main building, dedicated access via an elevated walkway leads to six isolated apartments located on the plot. Nearby, a panoramic restaurant completes the complex’s catering offering. To protect the grounds as much as possible as well as the life of the existing fauna and flora, all the constructions are built on stilts. On this principle, the choice is made to offer a silo parking located at the entrance to the complex along Via Corso Dei Continenti and Via Della Pittura, offering one parking space per room. Representing an approximate overall surface area of ​​10,500 square meters, buildings are made of a wooden structure covered on the facades with green or natural-tinted wood cladding supplemented by bio-sourced insulation and mixed wood – aluminum windows making it possible to significantly integrate an architecture in the shade of Pines.

“A deep and well expressed concept. Respectful of the site and capable to give a new life to the area. Impressive is the research of new relations between nature and people throughout architecture.”


Lignano Pinewood: Masterplan & Eco-Hotel
Linda De Giacomo [Germany]

Lignano Pinewood Masterplan

The master plan for Lignano includes the reactivation and reconnection of the pine forest to the beach. New park paths, so-called exploration paths, fitness paths and relaxing paths will be integrated into the pine forest. They will be connected to the town of Lignano and the beach by foot and cycle bridges. This will create an improved infrastructure of new paths and social interactions for visitors and residents. The flora and fauna of the pine forest will be brought closer with individual exploration stations. From the pine forest towards the beach, the park paths through the housing areas will be redesigned as „cultural paths“. The current side streets with the names of well-known artists and musicians will be taken up as a theme and integrated into the cultural paths.

Via delle Arti Boulevard

Along the Via delle Arti, a high pedestrian and cycle bridge will be created between the main roads along the pine forest. For a direct connection with the city, circular bridges are being built over large road junctions to enable barrier-free connections and free-flowing traffic. From the beginning of the pine forest, you can reach the beach of Lignano easily over a bridge.

Unicef Park

The bridge at Unicef Park will be preserved and harmoniously connected with a new bridge at the beginning and end of the existing bridge. This will provide direct access to the beach via the Commercial Plaza. Ramps and stairs will lead to the park area of Unicef Park, which will be created with new park paths and stairs. Standalone buildings for visitors and residents are integrated into the park‘s surroundings.

Commercial Plaza

The Commercial Plaza is being transformed with a grid-shaped area that can be used and designed individually. Cooling off in summer is provided by spray mist stations and green areas, as well as trees newly planted in the area to provide shade. Seating elements and play areas are designed as elements of social exchange and communication between residents and visitors. A pedestrian and cycle bridge over the plaza, which adapts to the existing architectural structure, is designed to provide direct access to the plaza and its surroundings.

Immersed Eco-Hotel

The eco-hotel fits harmoniously into the surrounding pine forest without altering the existing trees. The main building of the hotel has a two-storey design in order to minimize its presence in relation to the pine trees.  It is constructed in a 5×5 meter grid, which allows for the integration of inner courtyards in which the existing pine trees are incorporated into the hotel structure. Large window fronts bring natural light into the hotel throughout the day – at the same time creating a lasting interaction between guests and nature. The concept is based on a sustainable construction method using wood and local materials. For a unique experience of nature, the hotel rooms and cabins are designed away from the main building with long green park paths leading to the rooms and loggias projecting from all rooms.

“It gives a clear and unifying response to the overall program, with a distinct but striking image oriented in space. The various urban solutions adopted are compatible with each other and with the location and do not affect the natural dynamics of the site. The materials and constructive systems allow for quick and low-invasive construction. The graphic presentation enhances the proposal.”

Golden mentions

(ordered by registration code)

Rifugio Naturale: exploring Lignano's beauty
Mateus Tedeschi, Alan de Mello Coelho, Cássia Fillus, Gabriela Zaruvne [Brazil]

Imagine yourself immersed in the splendor of nature; this is the starting point that inspired the development of the Suspended Paths built within the forest of Lignano, which provide a captivating and unique sensory journey. Crafted from sustainably sourced wood and elevated from the ground, they seamlessly integrate into the environment, minimizing any negative impact on the fauna and flora, and allowing animals to move freely underneath the decks. Along the path, lookout points for contemplation, resting areas, and interactive elements – such as suspended walkways, bridges, hammocks, swings, and a zip line – invite adventurers to explore the forest in a unique way. Additionally, the route offers emergency stops and spaces for extended stays.

Throughout the various branches of the project, visitors encounter a hotel and residential complex situated in an area that values integration with nature. Its structure, composed of modular engineered wood on a solid base of stonework and concrete, demonstrates a commitment to environmental harmony. Each material was chosen considering its resistance to the marine environment and its ability to age gracefully, adding a layer of authenticity and integrity to the project.

The architecture harmoniously adapts to the pre-existing characteristics of the surroundings, especially the position of the trees, incorporating them into the layout. Modular and adaptable rooms offer flexibility, while spacious corridors connect the internal spaces. Elements such as mezzanines, uncovered courtyards, internal gardens, and atriums permeate the space, bringing nature closer to the guests.

The building, horizontal and with few floors, expresses respect for the surrounding landscape. Instead of competing with the horizon, the project delicately merges with it, creating a smooth transition between the built environment and the untouched beauty.

On the axis leading to the sea, there is a requalified main avenue that prioritizes and improves the movement of pedestrians and cyclists. Using resting points along the way, comfort is promoted, encouraging pedestrian use. Urban furniture was designed to integrate with the environment, inspired by the forms found in the forest.

In the commercial center, the opening of a passage aims to enhance the connection between the main avenue and the path leading to the park and beach, respecting the existing structure. The choice of materials such as wood, which complements the relationship with the natural environment, and the redesign of the pavement to make the paths more intuitive, reflect the concern to preserve the identity of the location.

In summary, the redevelopment project seeks not only to improve physical infrastructure but also to promote a more harmonious integration between the built environment, the natural landscape, and the community, creating attractive, safe, and functional public spaces.

“The approach provides a new hierarchy; architecture is a secondary element that serves as a background for an extensive development of nature. The project is capable to read from the macro to the micro scale and to develop deep interactions with the surrounding area. Genius Loci is a core in the concept. Architecture tries to deal with the context in different ways. It became nature, elevate itself and mimeses. The drawings are clear and capable to ensure a deep, clear and quick understanding of that.”

Walk through the canopies
Valerio Pacelli, Ludovico Spinozzi, Paolo Luparello, Adrian Martin Rodriguez, Giacomo Fruzzetti [Italy]

Our design proposal seeks to create a fresh connection system that links the eco-hotel to its surroundings organically, extending into the cityscape with a network of flows inspired by botanical lymphatic systems.

This hierarchy is also evident through two different types of paths: the first one, moving at ground level, enhances the existing urban trails already planned by the Piccinato Plan and the cycle-pedestrian connection system to the commercial square; the second, starting from the commercial square where the existing elevated walkway coming from the sea ends, continues in continuity with the latter and branches out into the pine forest, generating and connecting the individual structures of the eco-hotel.

The design of this new lymphatic system is inspired by what has already been done, albeit with different variations, by D’Olivo and Piccinato in their urban plans: a spatial regulation characterized by a strong formal connotation. In our case, the morphological matrix decided to use a pure form such as the circle, which, through its repetition within the urban perimeter, characterizes the different scales of the design from the urban pathways to the architectural ones of the hotel.

The project presents a suspended walkway through the pine forest, reachable through strategic points of ascent, providing visitors with an immersive experience that respects and connects with nature. The walkway is raised 4.5 meters above the ground, with a curved design that blends seamlessly into the forest environment. Supported by pillars shaped like natural shrubs, guests can take in panoramic views and the sounds of nature as they make their way to their accommodations.


Besides the pedestrian pathway, improvements on “Corso dei Continenti” are focused on increasing road safety and blending pedestrian paths seamlessly with the surrounding forest. Arched extensions along the road help reduce vehicle speed, while flower beds serve as barriers between different types of traffic, promoting safe movement for pedestrians.


The redevelopment focuses on strengthening its role as a public space, fostering connections between the Pine Forest and the waterfront. New pedestrian paths encourage slow mobility, with attention to connecting Via delle Arti with Piazza Commerciale and Parco Unicef. A bike park and kiosks integrated with the walkway design enhance the square’s functionality.


Featuring suspended glamping modules and three central “mother” buildings, offers a unique blend of modern comfort and connection with nature.

The accommodations, designed like tree-houses that children dream of, offer stunning views and environmentally friendly living spaces. To integrate with the landscape, wood treated with the Yakisugi technique (charred wood) was chosen, and a large window was created to establish a direct connection with nature.

Three “mother” buildings serve as the nerve centers of the eco-hotel that include: reception hall and hostel, spa&gym, restaurant to guests.

Hall and Hostel will serve as meeting points for eco-hotel guests, offering reception services. It also houses a hostel that offers affordable accommodations for travellers who wish to explore the region sustainably and conveniently.

Overall, the eco-hotel exemplifies sustainable tourism, harmonizing modern amenities with environmental respect.

“The masterplan is clear and well-defined, offering innovative ideas for new activities. It has been carefully designed with thoughtful consideration, ensuring every aspect serves a purpose. The hotel design is well integrated in the natural landscape, combining functionality with aesthetic appeal for an immersive experience. The new urban living rooms created along the main axis are inviting spaces, perfect for socializing and activating the area, as well as for improving the pedestrian circulation. Additionally, the graphics are clear and easy to understand, effectively communicating the vision of the project.”

Vasi di Fiori
Sergi Riera Solà, Ines Clavell Labastida [Spain]

“Vaso di Fiori” is about understanding the place and proposing its growth as a flowerpot, where architecture serves as the “Vaso” (pot) and the paths of the Pineta are the “Fiori” (flowers) that, understood together, create a new meaning.

The PLACE, the Rivera and Pineta of Lignano, was originally formed by strips or layers of land. Therefore, the project interprets the current place as a succession of layers, each with its own identity and function: the sea, the city, and the pine forest. However, seasonal tourism jeopardizes the balance between them, generating imbalance and pressure among the different layers as they are not prepared to receive such an influx of visitors.

In response to this situation, a master plan solution is proposed to prepare the city to efficiently accommodate the inevitable tourism. What is the element in nature that unites all layers and compacts them, making them work in harmony? The roots. As pathways, these roots become a symbol and an action of union and relationship between the layers of Lignano, creating bonds that will allow them to better adapt to tourist influx. The hotel is then proposed as another layer that these pathways will have to traverse.

Thus, a communication network is established through three types of pathways: natural paths, elevated wooden walkways, and the transformation of Via delle Arti, the main axis of the area. This axis that currently leads you directly to the plaza is transformed into a hub of activities and interaction for people and nature, just like the new plaza, which aims to be an extension of the vegetation and pathways. These pathways not only facilitate mobility between the different layers but also promote interaction and cohesion among them.

“The innovative aspect of the project lies in its concept of redefining the boundary between the city and the pinewood, seamlessly linking it to the Eco-Hotel area. By integrating these elements, the project creates a cohesive and harmonious urban fabric that feels uninterrupted and well connected. The strength of the design is further accentuated by its exceptional graphics and visualizations, which effectively communicate the vision and potential of the proposed development.”

Visit Lignano Pinewood
Anna Högberg [Sweden]

Visit Lignano Pinewood is a proposal that emphasizes na­ture when designing a new Eco-hotel. The idea is that the area remains as natural as possible and where nature has the focus in decision-making and design.

As known, sus­tainability reaches further than the building footprint and its construction area. This proposal aims to understand the whole reimagination of the pinewood area and the area surrounding the nodal along Via delle Arti Boulevard toward the waterfront. As guidelines, the proposal follows site-specific development goals to make sure the decisions go beyond our anthropocentric worldview and try to com­prehend the perspective from an ecocentric worldview instead.

The strength of this project is how nature controls the decision and acts as the guide for where and how to be. Being aware of how our movements and actions affect our surroundings and letting nature set the rules that we obey. The project relies on involving the community to be a part of changing the current state and the project will bring ide­as for how to proceed to make it a perfect hub for visitors during all hours of the day.

The design of the building focuses on minimized use of space and fiexible areas both in the current state and for the future. The building acts as both a barrier to noise
as well as invites visitors with its open and transparent entrance fioors.
The guests will live in close harmony with the natural en­vironment and side by side nature can continue to fiourish.

“The proposal has an interesting interpretation of the program. Although the simplicity of the architecture, it clearly invites to visit the territory.”

Honorable mentions

(ordered by registration code)

“Abraçar” and “avistar”
Beatriz Isabel De Freitas Gordinho, Antonio Bernardo Marques de Andrade Pereira, Francesca Dal Cin [Portugal – Italy]


Lignano Sabbiadoro is a seaside city in the Friuli-Venezia Giulia region, in Italy, characterized by the natural landscape, the organic forms of the urban fabric and the relations with the Tagliamento River and the Adriatic Sea.

Abraçar” (to embrace) and “Avistar” (to see) are the concepts chosen for the transformation of the place. When contact with the natural landscape is direct, the proposal embraces and merges with native plants and wild flowers that attract various animal species, composing a natural symphony that contrasts with the noise of the city.

An attempt was made to create an approach that integrates natural elements into the structure, be it the private space, the Eco-hotel building, or the public space – hence the concept of embrace (abraçar).

The intervention also seeks to give great prominence to the existing landscape: all built elements are intended to promote contemplation of the place, sighting (avistar) becomes an essential motion.

A network of pedestrian and bicycle paths, interwoven among the vegetation, is proposed, with the main objective of reconnecting Lignano’s pine forest with the urban area and avenue Piccinato.

The different types of walkways are designed to have the least impact on the landscape, indeed both when they lie on the ground or when they rise from the bottom, they preserve low-lying plant species and, in their design, they encircle existing pine trees.

The proposed pathways provide pedestrians with safe access to the pine forest area and are associated with new activities that allow people to explore the potential of this place: it will be possible to watch birds in the more lagoon-like areas and contemplate nature through the hiking trails; cyclists will be able to ride through this area on a bicycle path that winds through the native vegetation; fishermen will be able to fish on the Tagliamento river.

The redesign of the avenue Piccinato aims to regularise the streets and prioritise pedestrian paths and crossings, to facilitate mobility in this space and reinforce the importance of this urban axis. This connects to the Unicef Park, a place that arouses the curiosity and interest of people of all ages. The space of the urban square is rethought as a place of permanence that can host cultural events and ephemeral uses throughout the year, constituting a junction in this area between the pine forest and the coastline.

At the point of confluence between Corso dei Continenti and Viale delle Arti is the place of the Eco-Hotel of Lignano which, like the walkways, rises from the ground and merges with the surrounding nature.

The project’s design is realised through a system of full and empty spaces that symbolically represent the served and servant spaces of the Eco-hotel programme. The materiality varies between recycled concrete and wood where a game of light and shadow is created between the wooden beams on the raised mineral base.

The building promotes great permeability between the interior and exterior, where both merge and coexist.

The proposal plays a key role in local ecosystems and the conservation of the natural wild landscape, promoting constant interaction and involvement of the community with the natural environment.

Pine To Sea
Jing Chen, Yanci Chen, Jiming Bai, Jingzi Cui, Zhuoran Liu, Dingdong Tang, Xian Chi [United States]

Pine to Sea intertwines three distinct while interconnected themes—’Drifted,’ ‘Grafted,’ and ‘Lifted’ – and creates dialogues between architecture and nature, development and conservation. It invites inhabitants and visitors to our new vision of Lignano’s landscape where the hotel, the pine forest, the Adriatic coast, and the Tagliamento river converge into a holistic experience.

‘Drifted’ recognizes the pine forest as a unique ecological resource for the city and calls for a respectful coexistence. It utilizes dense native plantings over existing trails to prevent disturbance and carefully constructs the new trail network with selected existing paths and new elevated walkways. New drifts of vegetation weave into the fabric of forest spatially and temporally to promote biodiversity and the continuous flow of flora and fauna. The entry park, inspired by the morphology of the nearby braided river, provides more welcoming access to the forest from the coast and the Piccinato trails.

‘Grafted’ reflects a horticultural technique where plant tissues join to continue their growth together. The design aims to translate this concept both metaphorically and physically.  We transform the Commercial Plaza into a new town center where it reconnects the ocean and the forest, and we leverage existing pedestrian bridges and concrete columns as bases for new structure and spaces. The observation tower, acting as a beacon, provides a new vantage point in the city with views towards both the coast and the forest. Shade canopies draw in crowds and reactivate the plaza into a hub for gatherings, markets, and retail spaces. Light-weight structure and transparent materials echoes the slender stone pines and their light-filtering canopy. 

‘Lifted’ encapsulates the hotel’s design concept. From the shimmering seaside to the serene pine forests, we are driven by a vision to create spaces that honor local nature and cultural typologies. We minimize site disturbance by laying out architecture that avoids and protects trees on site. Our reshaping of the terrain centers around the existing tunnel forest and strives to enlarge and encourage young forest formations by creating new lakes and hills. The forest, vibrant with life, embraces our eco-hotel, suspended above the ground. Gently lifted by the landforms, the hotel and cabins float like vessels among the trees and are adorned with canvas sun decks, offering guests a unique experience of synchronizing with the forest’s breath.

Breathing Pinewood
Open Building – Chiara Patuzzi, Lorenzo Vaccari, Sofia Scaringella, Zeno Bolognani [Italy]


Among the problems encountered within the pinewood we highlight a lack of connection with the surrounding urban fabric, with the coastline and with the pre-existing axes of Piccinato; as well as an absence of activities that favour its enjoyment. In order to improve these aspects, we have rethought the Via delle Arti road system: from an urban inter-neighbourhood road it will be transformed into a road with a 30km/h limit. It will enclose a Boulevard: the city’s new green axis. The coastline will be reached by shuttles, bike sharing and electric scooters: a new eco-sustainable urban mobility system that starts at the highest point of Via delle Arti. Here, in fact, a parking area is planned to support it. Further parking spaces will then be provided throughout the entire project area. The general strategy is to regenerate the area of the pinewood through pedestrian and bicycle paths that will allow a variety of sports, sensory and recreational activities: new areas of aggregation for the city.


The new boulevard will be characterised by the development of activities directly related to the functions developed within the pinewood, such as neighbourhood markets, seating areas, playground, fitness areas, etc. The boulevard will be transformed, widened, and become a square in correspondence with the pre-existing commercial area, which will be embellished with new paving, new street furniture and new lighting. This redesigned area will become attractive and welcoming to citizens thanks to the creation of new indoor-outdoor areas, relaxing areas, playgrounds, and areas for exhibitions, shows and events. The end of this axis is in the UNICEF park, which, with renovation of the existing structures and the elevated walkway, leads to the sea.


In the north-eastern lot of the pinewood, the creation of the accommodation complex has been planned. The general compositional strategy starts from the desire to fit gently into the pinewood without the placement of foundations, but by elevating everything on a wooden walkway. Modular prefabricated structures which, starting from a 22-sq.m module, corresponding to a self-sufficient single room, are joined together, generating larger sizes capable of accommodating triple and quadruple rooms to accommodate a greater number of people, according to requirements.

The composition of these modules, on two floors, creates a design that branches out from a central guideline. The ground floor mainly houses the common services, while the entire first floor houses the rooms, accessible by a walkway that serves not only as a balcony, but also as an indoor space used for specific functions such as playgrounds, bar and restaurant terraces and solariums.

The intensity of the blocks thins out towards the north, where we will place different types of housing such as isolated houses on stilts where it will be possible to provide greater privacy and independence. The latter increases still further towards the edge of the tongue of land where only 22 sq.m modules are placed to emphasise the concept of sparseness.

The Porous Eco Spine
Leonardo Zuccaro Marchi, Alice Covatta, Amirhossein Adelfar, Laetitia Bégin-Houde, Shubham Majumder, Ali Nazari, Virginie Gratton, Candy Hachem [Italy – Canada – India]

The Porous Eco Spine

The new masterplan for Lignano Riviera introduces new porosity and social connectivity to the area, reactivating the commercial building to the Unicef park and introducing the eco-hotel as a new eco-social hub for the city. Lignano Pineta was designed top-down with a geometric spiral (D’Olivo, 1952), and Piccinato reconnected with the context with an organic masterplan (1957). In this new proposal, the new Porous Spine aims to resew disconnected parts of the green corridors and reactivate the neighbourhood with new activities and brand-new ecological attention. The new interventions directly relate to the natural preexistences with new visual relationships, being “above” the existing pines ( living on the roof of the eco-hotel and commercial plaza), “in-between” ( e.g. treehouse, birdwatching towers, refreshing zones, requalification of the bridge) and “under” the pines ( e.g water ponds, gathering places, new seating elements, sculptures reconnecting the green corridor entrances).

Commercial Plaza – Via delle Arti

The commercial plaza requalification becomes the pivotal point of a new urban park that connects the via delle Arti and the pinewood through the urban sector toward the elevated passerelle until Unicef Park and the beach. We conceived a suspended public space above the commercial sector, where farming, energy production, and new gathering activities can take place.

The building’s courtyard is revitalized as a playground; its physical and visual connection with the roof transforms this abandoned space into a vibrant catalyst for new human activities.

Along the new park, a water system collector is conceived to provide refreshing zones, especially during heat waves, and also to support urban agriculture.

The access from the pinewood to the beach is totally carfree and provides a unique experience for all different users.

Our proposal aims to move away from the paradigm of consumeristic and direct access to the beach typical of these tourist areas toward a more responsive approach, finding the solution in its own urban and natural environment.


The Eco-hotel is inserted in the pinewood in continuity with the existing topography of soft dunes and vegetation. It is composed of a cluster of main hotel buildings facing Via delle Arti on the West and scattered little houses, bungalows, and tree houses in the pinewood towards the East.

The cluster’s volumes share a green roof connected to the dunes with a slope, tracing a natural continuity between the existing habitat and the buildings. The main building is perforated with a courtyard hosting social activities and a natural water pond. All the activities proposed by the hotel (e.g. bedrooms, entrance, restrooms, sports and relaxation activities, multipurpose hall) are built with natural materials and have a direct visual connection with the peculiar habitat of the pinewood, reconnecting people with nature and exalting local habitat.

From the cluster, a path flows between the dunes, connecting to small residential structures inserted “in-between” the pinewood. The path reconnects to the existing green corridor to the south, with visual landmarks at the entrance. Towards the North, new natural paths offer new walking and bike experiences while penetrating the local habitat and reconnecting people to the pinewood, also thanks to small gathering structures.

Green Heart
Siarhei Frantskevich [Belarus]

General Masterplan

The general master plan concept continues the ideas of the Piccinato Plan – the irregular grid of green paths perpendicular to the beach and connected to the coast continues further into the Lignano Pinewood area. All new pedestrian and bicycle paths form a continuous overall system of green corridors and allow the forest area to be incorporated into urban life. It can accommodate active and quiet recreation areas, a forest museum, a lookout tower, wooden bridges and observation platforms. This area has the potential to become the real “Green Heart” of the city.

Commercial Plaza 

The central communication element of the whole area becomes the new Commercial plaza and Via Delle Arti Blvr. The plaza is being renovated by adding new public spaces – an outdoor bar/restaurant with an amphitheater, and the iconic core element of the plaza – a “Water cube” built on the basis of the existing columns. The “Water cube” can become a new attraction for residents and guests of the city, where you can relax under the sound of water, meet with loved ones and have a great time with children. The new visual image of the square is formed by wooden pergolas – resembling pine trees in scale and creating a unique atmosphere of the new square. Wood is proposed as the primary finishing material for the public spaces of the new plaza. All existing buildings on the plaza are retained in their original form.

Eco-Hotel Complex

The new Eco-Hotel Complex is integrated as delicately as possible into the living organism of the forest. The buildings are located in such a way as to keep the maximum number of trees intact. The hotel blocks are like leaves smoothly distributed over the long territory of the hotel. Since the length of the hotel territory prevents the passage of green corridors of the Piccinato Plan through it, it is proposed to lay them over the hotel territory in the form of wooden pedestrian and bicycle bridges. The heart of structure lies in mass timber—a sustainable material that combines strength, beauty, and environmental consciousness. Engineered wood panels, cross-laminated timber, and glulam beams form the backbone of eco hotel. These timber elements sequester carbon, promote forest health, and reduce reliance on energy-intensive materials like concrete and steel. An eco hotel can offer the following set of unique services – guided forest walks, birdwatching, yoga amidst trees, forest bathing, stargazing nights, cooking workshops, forest meditation circles, forest feasts, local cultural experiences.

The whole complex area is 11900m2.

The maximum height of the buildings is ground floor+2 stories.

Hotel capacity: 120 rooms of different types+20 apartments

Nicolò Martin, Mattia Bergamo [Italy]

The master plan stems from the idea of creating two large arched links, taking a cue from the organic forms of the spiral in the center of Lignano Pineta, which unite existing key points i.e., the end of the pedestrian paths present within the ecological corridors that run from south to north within the constructed fabric.

The arches become both a physical and conceptual union, generating a seamless pathway that includes within it areas for resting, sports, and facilities  for meeting and observing wildlife.

The design of the commercial plaza aims to restore centrality to the place by making it more penetrable. The open spaces are re-interpreted by following the construction grid of the original project, which, used as a matrix, is enlarged along the four cardinal points, creating new paths, new gathering spaces, and new more or less intimate green spaces.

These pathways also serve as a link between the UNICEF Park footbridge in the south and the new road intersection in the north.  The long avenue acts as a physical barrier to vehicles by taking the roadways outside the pedestrian area by providing underground parking. A future vision for the project envisions demolishing existing buildings thus consolidating the intent of generating urban penetrability, encouraging pedestrian paths, and a new urban park.

The Eco-resort is designed as a large boulevard through the pine forest, a musical score that is characterized by a rhythmic alternation between constructed and natural spaces. Starting from the west we find the sports area with soccer fields, padel and tennis courts, beach volley courts, and following those, the green filter shelters of the “wet area” where water spaces with swimming pools and an outdoor solarium are inserted, the main building with underground parking, and finally the apartments surrounded by greenery in a more intimate context.

The building takes its inspiration from the archetypes of vernacular architecture of the Venetian lagoon, the volume is subsequently worked with sharp subtractions highlighted by monolithic portals that create physical connections and visually cross the long sides of the building. The roofing follows the pattern of the roofs of the “casoni” or huts, which, being very steep , were made by overlapping horizontal layers of thatch, and which, in the project have been rethought using large triangular prisms of aluminum and natural material inspired by pine cones. They act as sunshades and are equipped in the innermost layer with a mesh that supports climbing greenery.

All the services required for the bidding are concentrated inside the building: on the ground floor are located an indoor swimming pool, SPA, gymnasium, a bar, and a restaurant that can also be used as a breakfast room, the lobby with the reception area, a large convention hall, and an area with modular spaces intended for various activities such as meeting rooms, daycare centers, etc.

On the upper floors there are the various types of rooms for 2 to 5 people with large terraces, ending with a private gardens, and solarium on the second floor.

The Coastal Dune
Vu Tran Huy Phi, Huong Nguyen Thi Cam [Vietnam]

Like many coastal areas, Lignano Sabbiadoro is a half-abandoned town. During the tourist season, people flock to vacation and swim at the beach, making the atmosphere bustling. When summer ends, the tourists leave, only the people remain, and the landscape looks strangely bleak. In the last twenty years, the population in the area has been between six and seven thousand people (data from ISTAT), while the number of tourists has reached about 250,000 in the last three years (data from Camera di Pordeone – Udine). This means that during peak season, for every 25 people you meet on the coast, only one person is a local.

Lignano has three areas, stretching from the Tagliamento Estuary (Lignano Riviera), through the Pine Forest (Lignano Pineta) to the residential area and lagoon (Lignano Sabbiadoro). With 8 km of coastline not including the lagoon, the scenic walk is divided into two sessions. On the first day, we walked south, through the pine forest to the riverbank and the rest of the day walked up to the lagoon.

Loneliness is a common feeling, it appears and is described differently in many languages. Words like “seul/solitaire”, “solo/solitario” or “solitary” come from the Greek word “solus” meaning alone, separate. The word “alone” in English is made up of two words “all” and “one”, does it imply that there is only one thing in all?

In architecture and landscape, loneliness is a frequently mentioned issue when it comes to planning or modern architectural/urban design. Reason, mass production and lack of green space are the causes of loneliness in contemporary cities. In popular culture, films such as High-rise or Jacques Tati’s Playtime depict, with some emphasis and exaggeration, loneliness as an identity of modern culture.

On the walk through the pine forest and the Lignano Sabbiadoro estuary, there are no repetitive series of boring concrete structures, nor are there super-structures that cover up all the green space. The loneliness here is a desolate landscape in a place that should be full of life. A seemingly endless beach with occasional human silhouettes appearing. An observation hut appeared alone in the middle of a vast space. A few stone revetments and a concrete wall prevent sand erosion. There is even a riverside park with grass ideal for picnics. It all seemed to imply that this was an area teeming with activity, but what we felt was an incredible desolation. The scene is as if life is happening but then people gradually disappear into thin air, leaving behind cars, roads, and supermarkets. Space gives us the expectation of a bustling atmosphere, then gives us back the loneliness and loneliness that emerges. The pine trees intertwine on the road, cluster on the playground, then spill out from the forests, emphasizing the loneliness of the scene.

To revive the lonely project, we connected the landscape axis of Viale delle Arti, Commercial Plaza and Eco Hotel with existing dunes here. We used images of dunes to bring into the project. Dunes appear in the main road landscape combined with new spaces to link the forest with people. In addition, we also use the impact method to place the hotel block and bungalow elevated from the soil, preventing at all cost the interference on the landscape area of the Pinewood.

Forest Bay
Evgenii Zaytcev, Anna Kuznetsova, Valeriya Dubilina, Nikita Starostin [Russia]

General Masterplan

The concept is inspired by the theme of the sea. This seemed symbolic to us: the city is bounded by the sea on one side and a dense forest on the other. The concept develops the idea that the forest is a natural phenomenon as fascinating as the sea.

The structure of the masterplan is built on pedestrian and bicycle links that connect the pine forest, the commercial area and the eco-hotel. The naturalistic trails in the forest follow the topography and thus form the image of a forest lagoon, into which green routes flow like rivers, leading through the urban development to the square. The trails are divided into long walking and transit routes. Along the walking route there are rest areas, bocce court, a rope park, bird-watching huts and observation towers – the lighthouses of the forest bay.

Commercial Plaza & Via delle Arti

The new boulevard along Via delle Arti, leading out of the forest, is connected by a pedestrian bridge to the Commercial Plaza. A bridge ends to the roof of the renovated Plaza with plenty of places to meet. Here, the silence and mystery of the forest lagoon is alternated with lively talks and laughter.

The image of the square refers to the seaport – shipping containers rise chaotically above the existing building. Ships converge on the harbour, just as lots of people are drawn to the square.

Each “container” a variety of functions: a yoga center, a kids’ club, coffee shops, restaurants, glass blowers’ and potters’ workshops and a cycling club. There is also an outdoor amphitheater among the “containers” for watching films under the sky. Downstairs, is a music stage for dancing and street performers.

Eco-Hotel Complex

The functional structure of the eco-hotel is divided into three parts: the western part houses the apartments, the central part – the community centre and the eastern part – the 3-storey hotel. The volumes are located in such a way that they fit into the existing natural landscape, bypassing all existing trees.

The images of the apartments are inspired by fishing boats. Structural elements such as stringers and timbers form the framework. The stem creates an additional dynamic look. The apartments are scattered around the site and create a sense of privacy, to forget that you are in the city.

The concept of the community centre with unusual roof shape refers to the image of the fishing nets, which have flowing shapes by being suspended at different heights. The building has a convenient central access. All the functions necessary for vacationers are concentrated in the volume: welcome area, restaurant, gym, spa complex with swimming pool, bar and conference hall.

The hotel is made up of multi-scale blocks that are connected to each other. The architectural image is based on old fishermen’s houses with thatched roofs, which are characteristic of the northern Italy. The hotel accommodates rooms of different formats. In the backyard there is a common area with a swimming pool.

Ritmo della foresta
Valentin Kogan, Anastasia Chernykh, Vasilisa Polekhina, Aleksandra Rozhkevich, Alexei Oleynik [United States]

Masterplan and General Strategy

The Pine Forest masterplan within our project embodies a harmonious blend of conservation and recreation. As we propose a series of interconnected circular trails meticulously curated to showcase the all 12 types of autochthonous habitats that thrive within the Pine Forest. To ensure seamless accessibility and navigation, our proposal includes clearly marked entry points linking the Pine Forest trails to the former Piccinato pathways, facilitating convenient access for visitors. Additionally, special connections to the riverbank will provide designated fishing spots, enhancing the recreational appeal of the area. To further enrich the visitor experience, we propose the installation of birdwatching cabins strategically positioned along the trails, offering tranquil vantage points. Complementing these cabins are thoughtfully designed resting spots with comfortable benches, inviting visitors to pause and appreciate the natural beauty surrounding them.

Commercial Plaza & Via delle Arte

The reconstruction of the Commercial Plaza presents an exciting vision for the revitalization of the area, focusing on connectivity, vibrancy, and cultural enrichment. At its heart lies a transformative concept aimed at seamlessly linking key destinations within the Lignano Sabbiadoro territory. The project’s standout feature is the creation of an elevated pedestrian bridge spanning over Via delle Arti, connecting the existing UNICEF Park walkway to the accommodation complex nestled within the Pine Forest intervention area. This bridge not only facilitates easy access between these areas but also serves as an architectural marvel, offering breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape.

Central to the Commercial Plaza’s allure is the “Party Tower”, designed to stand tall on existing unfinished concrete pillars. This structure will serve as a multifunctional hub, housing a performance stage, gelateria, bar, disco club, and towering with observation deck.  Aptly named, “Party Tower”, it`s strategically positioned along the proposed and existing elevated walkways, it promises to be a vibrant focal point, drawing visitors with its dynamic entertainment offerings and panoramic vistas.

In addition to the “Party Tower” and the elevated pedestrian bridge, our project envisages an expansion of the existing plaza buildings function outward, maximizing the utilization of space and fostering community engagement. This multifunctional inner courtyard, meticulously designed to cater to diverse needs and preferences of visitors is equipped with sunshades and giant hammocks, offering a serene oasis for relaxation, yoga, and meditation, inviting visitors to unwind amidst the urban surroundings. Furthermore, the space transforms into a vibrant hub for social interaction and culinary exploration, with open restaurant seating and special area for hosting market fairs and cultural events.

Accomodation complex

Set amidst the tranquil Pine Forest, our Eco Resort embodies a harmonious blend of luxury and sustainability. At its core, the innovative “Green wall” serves as a lush barrier, gracefully dividing public and private realms while preserving the forest’s serene ambiance. This verdant feature, adorned with vertical greenery, serves as a green street façade of accommodation complex, creating secluded courtyards for the eco-hotel and independent apartments residents, shielding them from urban bustle. Crucially, “Green wall openings” seamlessly integrate the resort with nature, offering effortless access from existing Piccinato pathways to the inner forest trails. Here, guests revel in the natural beauty of their surroundings, enjoying indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a rejuvenating SPA complex, and exquisite dining experiences at the restaurants and bars. With a commitment to sustainability and guest experience, our Eco Resort invites visitors to indulge in luxury while embracing the tranquility of the Pine Forest.

Green Circles: A new philosophy for Lignano Riviera
Lorenzo Valdes, Elisa Panighel, Andrea Paludetto [Italy]

Imagine entering a world where everything is circular, where every form calls for harmony and the balance of nature. This is ‘Green Circles,’ a new project that revolutionizes the concept of sustainable tourism in Lignano Riviera.

Lignano Riviera, like the rest of Laguna of Marano (a natural region that extends to the Laguna of Grado), has valuable hidden gems known as “casoni”. They are wooden constructions that were once used by fishermen as shelter during fishing seasons. These “casoni” may still be seen today, and some families still live in them, opting for a natural lifestyle. Although they don’t have a fixed shape, they have structural variations based on the historical time and style in which they were created. Some are rectangular, some round, but the most significant feature they all share is the “centrality”. In fact, all the “casoni” have a central element: the fireplace.

By combining new and old philosophies, a new accommodation complex inside the Pineta comes to life. Its mission is to preserve the historical and natural heritage, by giving new life to an immense green area nowadays overlooked. In the convergence of two streams of thought, the commercial plaza evolves, becoming not only a crossroads of ideas and cultures, but also a symbol of our commitment to the environment, reflecting our aspiration for a sustainable future in harmony with the surrounding nature.

“Green Circles” is not just a masterplan or an accommodation complex, but also a philosophy of life aiming to transmit values of sustainability to its visitors. “Green Circles” is a project looking towards the future without forgetting the past; rather, it rediscovers and celebrates it.


(ordered by registration code)

Lignano Pinewood Eco-Hotel
Paul Peng, Xing Zhang, Chao Fang [Austrlia – China]

Horus eye
Gabriele Filippi [Italy]

Brain Forest
Tina Dobrosavljević, Pavle Đukić, Borko Erić, Mihajlo Dukić [Serbia]

From Roots to Crown
Selvi Yildrim, Rachel Boyer [France]

Unfolding in Woods
Haoze Xu, Qizhen Tang, Ruike Liu, Yue Geng, Yinzhu Yao [China]

Pinewood Haven: Sustainable Integration
Mariam Zelimger, Daria Zygina, Anastasia Stolyarova, Anastasia Legkokonets [Belgium – Germany – United Kingdom ]

Lignano Pinebeach, Beyond the Sea
Emanuele Tomic, Alberto Clocchiatti, Silvia Di Pauli, Martina Nadalini, Fabrizzio Vazquez Di Crisci [Croatia – Italy – Venezuela]

L'hotel verde
Luis Koeferler, Moritz Eibl, Maxim Celovschii, Toni Koeferler [Germany]

Blue Green Swim
Tommaso Michieli, Christian Zanatta, Michela Romana Fini, Alessia Tosolini [Italy]

The TreeHeart Project
Laura Klinnert [Spain – Greece]

Folds eco-hotel
Carlos Chamat, Luis Holguin [Colombia]

Green Suture
Rodrigo Hernandez, Maximiliano Vecchi, Andy Gonzalez, Consuelo Floras, Paz Becerra, Fabiola Briones [Chile]

Green Park in City
Yicheng Gao, Tong Zang [China]

Riviera Paths: Attracting people, discovering paths, and perpetuating nature
Hermano Jácome de Lucena Filho, Gabriela Quintana Castro, Tiago de Oliveira Araújo, Gilberto da Silva França, Kevin de Jesus Oliveira, Talita Alcantara, Denis Rodrigo, Gisele Viana Elimar Filho, Henrique Claudino Palitot Moreira Nóbrega, Leandro Amorim, Pollyana Ramalho, Adriana Cristina Franco Alvares, Amanda Carolina Silveira Cardoso [Brazil]

Green Ribbon – Lignano Pinewood
Ralf Pasel, Mareike Krautheim, Francesco Lattanzio, Rand Issa, Fernanda Cataõ [Germany – Italy – Syria-Portugal – Brazil]

Lignano Pinewood
Fabien Stoque, Ömer Gürel, Gülsüm Coban, Christoph Schwarz [Luxembourg – Austria – Germany]

Between the Forest and the Sea
Évan Comte, Elfée St-Jacques [Canada]

Nuovo Lignano
Sayak Bhattacharya, Anika Malhotra, Meghna Gupta, Radhika Bansal [India]

Ecological Circuit
Paula Villamil, Kevin Cuscagua, Alvaro Gaitan, Paula Moreno, Lorena Melo [Colombia]

Il Passo
Carmen Aragonés Ivars [Spain]

Wooden Synapse
Pier Antonio Pavan, Manuel Querini, Daila Baido, Leila De Munari [Italy]

From Sunrise to Sunset
Nathana Serena, Larissa Vrielink, Iasmin Lauck, Cibele Kunzler, William Liell [Brazil]

Intacta Natura
Lucio Gernaert Willmar, Andrea Fossa, Isabella Caratini, Raimundo Gernaert Willmar [Spain – Argentina]

Roof of the Forest
Kerem Aydin, Sefa Nehir, Mert Duman, Selin Afra Çontar [Turkey]

Fall in Lignano
Daeun Kang, Eunji Jung [Republic of Korea]

Pineta Viva
Diana Tortolato, Sara Bellati, Francesco Zavoli [Italy]

Li(ea)ve it as it is
Adam Špehar, Jelena Špehar, Suzana Nikolić [Serbia]

The Living Landscape
Luca Trabattoni, Margherita Capotorto, Maria Sofia Medda, Miriam Rebecchi, Abderrahman Benkhadra, Carlo Berizzi [Italy] www.campdesing,it

Verdant Vistas
Beata Mathke, Joanna Romanczukiewicz [Austria]

Alberto Cervesato, Tommaso Antiga, Alice Capobianco, Alessio Grizzo, Giorgia Schweitzer, Rocco Taglialegne, Jacopo Villanova [Italy]

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