Il Teatro del Mondo
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Architect Aldo Rossi
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Location Venice, Italy
Date 1979   timeline
Building Type temporary theater
 Construction System tubular steel, wood
Climate Mediterranean
Context floating on water, urban waterfront
Style Modern
Notes Floating temporary theater. Playful tower form on barge platform.







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"The Theatre of the World was officially opened in Venice on the 11th of November, 1979, on the site opposite the Customs House, for the Theatre/Architecture Biennale. The idea of the Biennale was to recall the floating theatres which were so characteristic of Venice in the 18th century. The present scheme modified certain features of these theatres, while retaining the concept of building- cum-barque.

"Constructed in the Fushina shipyards, the Theatre was towed across to Venice by tugboat. The building was erected over steel beams, welded together to form a raft. Its total height above the platform of the raft is 25m (82'). It consists of a cuboid 9.5 x 9.5 m (31' x 31') by 11m (36') in height, which supports an octagon 6m (20') high. The top of the cuboid gives access to a balcony with views of the Giudecca in San Marco's, almost on a level with the statue of fortune which stands on the Customs House. The tubular steel structure is paneled with wood, both inside and out."

— Gianni Braghieri. Aldo Rossi: Works and Projects. p116.

The Creator's Words

"...[O]n the subject of architecture, I have still a dream of great civil architecture; not the concordance of discords, but the city that is beautiful because of the wealth and variety it contains. I believe in the city of the future recomposed. In truth the recomposition does not seek a single, overall design but the liberty of a life of its own, a freedom of styles.A city that is free."

— Aldo Rossi. from Aldo Rossi, translated by Finch Allibone. Aldo Rossi Architect. p13.

Sources on Il Teatro del Mondo

Gianni Braghieri. Aldo Rossi: Works and Projects. Barcelona: Editorial Gustavo Gili, S.A., 1991. ISBN 84-252-1539-0. NA1123.R616A4 1991. p116.

Roger H. Clark and Michael Pause. Precedents in Architecture. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1985. "1.6" proportion diagram, p190.   Expanded 1996 edition, available at

Architecture and Urbanism Extra Edition: Aldo Rossi and 21 Works. November 1982, A+U S8211. Photographs by Gracinta and Maria Ida Buggi. Tokyo: A + U Publishing. Color photo of exterior, p115.

Aldo Rossi, translated by Finch Allibone. Aldo Rossi Architect. Milan: Electa Spa - Milano, 1987. NA 1123 .R616 A4 1987. ISBN 0-85139-4272. p13.

The Architectural Press. Aldo Rossi Architect. Milano: Electa Spa, 1987. ISBN 0-85139-4272. NA1123.R616A4. roof plan drawing, p18. plan drawing, p18. elevation drawing, p18.

Kevin Matthews. The Great Buildings Collection on CD-ROM. Artifice, 2001. ISBN 0-9667098-4-5.— Available at  Find books about Il Teatro del Mondo


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