Dogana d’acqua resurrected – or what?

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This is an old photo of the Dogana d’acqua, the water customs on the Canale dei Navicelli, connecting Livorno with Pisa.

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And this is a fresh photo of the same place, taken today. Something odd is going on here. It is not a reconstruction of the old building, it is a plain modern building covered in printed glass panels to imitate the old one.

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During WWII the dogana buildings were destroyed and these five arches were all that remained. And this is more or less what is has looked like for the last seventy years. (Photo Bing Maps)

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I find this an intriguing area, it is industrial and residential at the same time, a mix of old and scruffy and newly built postmodernism and then these ruins that are still very much in use by boat owners.

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This is the other side before the war

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and today, where only the two arches remain. I wonder what will happen here. Will they be covered and built upon using a similar technique?

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The plain white building clearly visible behind the panels, one of them still not up. There is a lack of symmetry here that is slightly annoying.

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A close-up. It would be interesting to know if this is a common building technique. I have never come across it before.

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My dear Dogana d’acqua. What will have happened to you next time I see you?

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6 comments on “Dogana d’acqua resurrected – or what?

  1. imponerad says:

    Verkligen spännande inslag! Roligt med researchen du gjort, plus gamla och nya bilder.
    Vad allt går det inte att hitta på som arkitekt.

  2. K says:

    That last pic is stunning! I’ve seen similar structure in Glasgow, an old “building” hiding a new one. I like it🙂 And a good post.

  3. Martin says:

    I discovered Livorno this year & the area has fascinated me for some time, I love your site & the pic’s. But many raise more questions! which now I have found your site, I shall bombard you with. Any chance of an update on this area and the new canal.

    • CL says:

      Hi Martin! Thanks for your comment! I’m glad you’ve taken an interest in Livorno, many people don’t see past Florence and Pisa and Lucca and all those ancient and so obviously beautiful places! Anyway, not sure I can answer any of your questions, but do ask them anyway😉 Re the Dogana s’Acqua area, I walked there the other morning and might have some new shots for you. But progress is very slow. There will be a post on this soon though. Thanks for asking!

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