Mestre, Venice

New Vempa

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Youth hostel in Mestre-Venice


Client: A&O hotel and hostel Holding SA, Berlino – Germania

Task: Preliminary, definitive, construction design; site survey and management

Status: completed

Dimensions: 14.000 sqm  |  310 rooms  |  1.000 beds

Cost: € 1.050/sqm


Starting from after-war period the venetian mainland faced a sudden yet uncontrolled urban development. In less than 20 years over 200.000 people moved from the historical Venice to Mestre, looking for a modern lifestyle: a job in Marghera industries, a dwelling with elevator and, finally, a brand new car parked outside.

The new hostel lies at the entrance of this city, next to the station, in place of an existing structure used to be a car service. As much as the former VEMPA has been strictly associated to the surrounding road infrastructure, even in the local toponomastic, after more than 50 years the project decides to separate from the highway bridge.

Today the entrance opens, through a generous pedestrian public arcade, only to the ground level street on the other side and even the explicit hierarchy of the facades remarks the unexpected relation to a part of the city so far abandoned and neglected.

A building result of an extreme rationality of the spatial and functional organization, with the clear intention to transform the needs to reduce the construction costs into formal clarity and order. A big inhabitable object responding to precise requirements of seriality and efficiency, looking for the maximum hospitality capacity inside the admitted volumes, able to accommodate 1000 young guests, nowadays arriving by train, by bus, or by low-cost flights.






“Mille posti letto a partire da 12€: A Mestre arriva il primo ostello” , Corriere della Sera, 28 Luglio 2017

DIVISARE Journal, 8 Giugno 2018

RAI TGR Veneto, opening coverage, 30 Luglio 2017

Interview of Sandro Bisà in Il Gazzettino 11 Maggio 2017

Marta Artico “Taglio del nastro del mega ostello alla ex Vempa”,  La Nuova Venezia 28 Luglio 2017

Interview of Sandro Bisà in La Nuova Venezia, 28 luglio 2017

“Il maxi ostello della Vempa è già quasi pieno: “Un successo!”,  Venezia Today, 28 Luglio 2017

Interview of Sandro Bisà in Venezia Today, 28 luglio 2017

Andreina Corso “Il turismo che verrà: a Mestre raddoppia il super Ostello” , La Voce di Venezia 5 Ottobre 2017


Photos: Giulio Bohem

MEP: Climosfera

Geological survey: G&T geo