A transforming shipyard

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There is a huge transformation going on in the middle of Livorno.
The former shipyard Luigi Orlando is turning into the hippest place in town,
the new Porta a Mare area.

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Here he is, signor Orlando, in front of the gate of the shipyard,
where he and his three brothers started their business in the 1860’s, which would flourish for over a hundred years.

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Google shows the new shipbuilding area with blue roofs, and the first part of the housing and shopping complex at the bottom of the photo. It is mostly the structures in the middle that I am interested in, in this photo still with roofs.

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The area is filled with glossy images of the future Porta a Mare centre.
Here we can clearly see the buildings forming around the old slipway.

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This photo from 1926 shows the whole shipyard area with Luigi and the gate a little bit left of the centre, and a ship being built on the slipway, a bit up on the right.

The history of the area is much older than that of the shipyard, since a military hospital resided here since the 1700th century. I wonder if anything remains from that time?

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Let’s have a closer look at the structures just north of the slip. They are currently without a roof and they have been stripped down to the bare bricks.

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The vaults make them a bit church-like.

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Or maybe a fortress comes to mind.

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Old and new.

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This is the architect’s vision of the future use of the halls.
It seems like a standard shopping centre with cafés and restaurants.
And palm trees?

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It will be interesting to follow the development,
but I strongly suspect I will prefer them the way they are right now😉

But that’s just me. And it’s great that they are spared and integrated into modern construction.

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The new “canal” by the slipway.

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The slipway.

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The construction site buzzing with activity.

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And the mesmerising patterns of brick vaults…

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Part II: More Orlando

6 comments on “A transforming shipyard

  1. mycket imponerad says:

    Verkligen suggestiva murar och valv – finfina bilder!

    (Tänkte precis fråga: var hittar du alla fantastiska ställen? Men det besvarar ju sig självt. I Livorno, så klart :-D)

    • CL says:

      Japp, i Livorno!😀 Men det finns massor att hitta överallt för den som letar. Som du väl vet🙂
      Kul att du gillar detta!

  2. sgriccia says:

    Thank you for this great post. Your photos are fantastic. I love this project. Although the “ruins” are evocative, developing them into something useful and attractive can only benefit the city.
    I enjoy all your posts and photos. You are teaching me about Livorno where my husband has relatives.
    Nina in Michigan

    • CL says:

      Thank you so much, Nina! I am really glad you enjoy my posts. (And I hope I don’t say anything too much out of order…😉 )

  3. Martin says:

    Great Stuff. You have found yet another interesting subject in this delitfull little town. As an Heritage Architect I have more than just a passing interest in this type of regeneration project.
    Can we have a few more shots of the new waterway you mention please and where is it planned to go?
    By the way how is the work on the new canal at Viale Caprera getting on? Any new bridge pic’s available?

    • CL says:

      Hi Martin! I’ve just made a second post on this subject, I hope that will answer some of your questions.
      Re Viale Caprera, nothing much is happening there, I’m afraid. Still looking unfinished, and the well needed footbridge is still non existent…
      The Luogo Pio construction site is clearing up though. Just waiting for something interesting to fill the new facilities🙂

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