Pierre Cardin cancels
Venice skyscraper


Pierre Cardin's Palais Lumière axed

News: public and government opposition has forced fashion tycoon Pierre Cardin to cancel plans for his futuristic Venice skyscraper.

Pierre Cardin and his architect nephew Rodrigo Basilicati have axed plans for their 60-storey, three-finned Palais Lumière (Palace of Light) skyscraper, due to criticisms about how the building would fit into the Venetian landscape.

Speaking to Italian media, Basilicati said: "The decision was inevitable after over two years since presenting the initiative we could not get formal approval on a deal with all public bodies involved."

Pierre Cardin's Palais Lumiere cancelled

Cardin's Palace of Light was to be built on Venice's mainland in the former industrial area of Porto Marghera and was to boast swimming pools, gardens and ponds on the upper decks and a helipad on the roof.

Opposition and criticism over the glass skyscraper began in 2012. Locals have been concerned over the impact the 245 metre-high structure would have on the Venetian landscape and its medieval city.

"Venetians and Italians are tired of seeing Venice abused by the vast cruise ships and mounting examples of the crudest commercialism," reported Anna Somers Cocks in the Arts Newspaper.

Pierre Cardin's Palais Lumiere cancelled

Originally set for a 2015 completion, to coincide with the Milan Universal Exposition, the glass palace was to include housing, hotels, cinemas, restaurants, research centres as well as educational and sports facilities; totalling an area of 250,000 square metres. The skyscraper's three towers and 60 floors were to be connected by six horizontal disks, located 35 metres apart.

Pierre Cardin's Palais Lumiere cancelled

Earlier this year, Dezeen reported on Rem Koolhaas' OMA plans to transform a building on Venice's Grand Canal into a department store and public event space. See more architecture in Venice »

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  • oli

    Christ on a bike… that is a true monstrosity. I doubt they’d allow this carbuncle in Dubai, never mind Venice.

    • zizi

      Actually the Mayor of Venice (centre-left) was all enthusiast about it :(

    • Angela

      Good move. Good bye.

  • One more cancelled masterpiece by a great architect, oh wait!

  • marcos

    Is always nice to hear that mediocre architecture has been cancelled. If it was a better architecture why not?

    • zizi

      Why not? The scale, completely out of proportions for this site.

  • P. Gaverston

    What a horrible looking tower. Glad it got shelved.

  • Massimo

    The first time ever that I can really appreciate the lazy slowness of Italian bureaucracy. What a relief.

  • gabriel

    Bring it to China, but make it crazier and slap some logos on it and it will be a hit.

  • Thank god for that.

  • Marti

    This is so bad it really makes one wonder how Cardin was able to create a fashion empire based on quality design.