Gateway for Venice: A New Bus Station for the Italian City

20 September - 6 October 1991

  • The winning model by Dixon Jones.

An exhibition of British architects Dixon Jones' winning entry to the Gateway to Venice international design competition, for a new bus station for the Italian city.

"A Gateway for Venice" was one of three prestigious international competitions organised by the Fifth International Architecture Biennale which was held in Venice in September 1991. The competition attracted 261 entries from numerous countries and was assessed by an international jury including Francesco dal Co, Rafael Moneo, James Stirling, Kurt Forster and Arata Isozaki. The scheme submitted by the London-based practice of Jeremy Dixon and Edward Jones was awarded first prize.

It was planned that each competition – the restoration of the Padiglione Italia (won by Francesco Cellini), the restoration of the Palazzo del Cinema at the Lido (won by Rafael Moneo) and the requalification of Piazzale Roma (won by Dixon Jones) would be realised by the municipal authorities of Venice. However, despite the Biennale's good intentions and efforts, none of these projects came to pass.

View the winning proposal on Dixon Jones' website, here. The exhibition's illustrated programme can be found in the Resources tab.