Eastern Waterfront


Renzo Piano draw the Eastern Waterfront project, turning the former exhibition halls into a lively seaside urban area for public and private use. A real Sea City will emerge in the 100.000 sqm, connecting Genova, through pedestrian and bike paths, to its natural maritime boundary.

The development includes a new blue infrastructure, a nautical district, a renewed sport centre, an urban park, residential buildings, services, leisure, student housing, commercial areas, and hotels.

Two newly excavated canals link the city directly to the sea, surrounding the Jean Nouvel Pavilion like an island.

Sustainability is a key factor, following last generation environmental and energy hi-tech strategies. All buildings are NZEB (nearly zero Energy Buildings), and canal waters are oxygenated through employed technological environmental devices (protecting biodiversity against eutrophication).

The components of the Waterfront
  • The Palasport

The restyling project will salvage the old Palasport structure, which will be reborn as a space for sport and events. At the centre, a vast sports arena will be suitable also for cultural events and shows. The building will respond to the most modern standards of energy efficiency to enhance its architectural beauty and characteristics.

This new indoor stadium will interface with a sports district dedicated in particular to sailing and including a whole quarter characterised by residential areas, hotels and commercial enterprises. It will represent a strong pole of attraction of high architectural and symbolic value.

  • The residential area

The trade fair pavilion B, designed by the great French architect Jean Nouvel near the Palasport, will be integrated into a whole new panorama. Three blocks housing a total of 300 apartments with sea views will be built on the east side as part of a far-reaching real estate operation.

  • The new canals, a navigable mini-district

A canal will be installed between Jean Nouvel’s pavilion and the Palasport. It will be 40 metres long, crossed by bridges and connected, in turn, to the main canal, which will be excavated in the months to come. The main canal, which will measure 200 metres in length and 35 in width, will be open for the mooring of boats on either side. Quays will be built along the perimeter of the canal as a site for related businesses and facilities, with spaces for yachting clubs, associations, sea sports equipment shops and restaurants.

  • The new Torre Piloti

The new Torre Piloti, or Pilots’ Tower, a marine traffic control structure equipped with the most advanced technologies, will be installed in the wet dock facing Jean Nouvel’s pavilion. It will be 60 metres tall with photovoltaic panels and a Control Centre on its top. This is another project that symbolises the renewal of the city by combining functionality with technique.

  • Sailing House

Oerlooking the main dock, the new headquarters of the Italian Sailing Federation will be built as a centre of excellence for sailing sports, equipped with guest quarters and services for the public.

  • The promenade

The best-loved promenade of the citizens of Genoa is Corso Italia. The revamped bike and pedestrian path will follow the area of the Waterfront as far as Boccadasse, an attractive little the fishing village.

  • The nature reserve

A new urban park will be developed in the new area: it will be planted with about 1,000 trees, with a predominance of precious forest species. This nature reserve will cover an area of 16,000 square metres and will act as a new “green lung” for the city.

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