Foster design for new Rimini waterfront and pier
Foster + Partners has unveiled designs for a new waterfront development in Rimini. The proposal is intended to strengthen the relationship between the town centre and the seafront of this old Adriatic Resort and also create a year-round attraction for the international tourist industry.
The scheme comprises a new seafront promenade with a mix of related activities and public spaces. A new hotel tower with space for a Fellini film museum at its base will extend out to sea along a new 300m long pier.
The project refers to Rimini’s tradition of green boulevards, best characterised by the Via Vespuci. The waterfront will be pedestrianised at certain times and will link directly to a linear public park – or green spine – which will provide much needed shade during the hotter months. This currently links the seafront to the historic city and will be enhanced with improved connections to the new promenade area.
The scheme will use new technologies, such as rainwater collection and photovoltaics, to establish a long-term, sustainable commercial and environmental strategy for the town that is balanced with its rejuvenation in the short-term.