Results: Lignano Pinewood | TerraViva Competitions

TerraViva has officially released the complete list of awarded projects of the design contest “Lignano Pinewood”.

The ambitious aim of this competition was to achieve the incorporation of an Eco- Hotel complex immersed in the Pinewood landscape of Lignano Sabbiadoro, while simultaneously ensuring the preservation of its natural surroundings. In addition, participants took on the challenge of designing a new Masterplan capable of integrating and reestablishing the connections between the Pinewood area and the urban fabric.

The winning proposals leaned towards an approach of respect for local identity, preservation of the natural environment and minimal impact. In the Commercial Plaza, areas of public use were improved through colors and textures, increasing pedestrian connections and limiting high-impact interventions. Finally, the best designs of the Eco-Hotel knew how to integrate the majesty of the landscape with the new projects, promoting respect for the environment and creating harmonious spaces capable of combining nature, materiality and comfort. The competition was open to students, architects, designers, urbanists, engineers, artists and anyone interested in the fields of architecture and urban design.


The competition was open to students, architects, designers, urbanists, engineers, artists and anyone interested in the fields of architecture and urban design.

The winners were selected by an international jury panel composed by:

  • Martina Rosati | Zaha Hadid Architects (London, United Kingdom)
  • Andrea Federico Toccolini | Kengo Kuma & Associates (Tokyo, Japan)
  • Nathalie Rozencwajg | NAME architecture (London, United Kingdom)
  • Marco Leitão | Pedro Henrique Arquiteto (Santa Maria da Feira, Portugal)
  • Federico Minelli | Andreas Gruber Architekten (Naz-Sciaves, Italy)
  • Tatiana Dimou| Tatiana Dimou Architects (Patras, Greece)
  • Thibaut Gevers | Atelier Bau (Antwerp, Belgium)
  • Paola Morales O. | AS/D Arquitectos (Mexico City, Mexico)




“Pinewood Synesthesia”
Marine Joli, Claire Neff, Adrien Petit


Pinewood Synesthesia

From the waterfront to the heart of the pine forest, Lignano offers a highly nuanced path : from the beach to the deep forest. All of these environments are highly differentiated from one another by the sounds that are associated to them. It is through a sensory link between these sounds and colors that the project is developed through different installations: the Pinewood Synesthesia.

Exploring the connections between color, sound, and materiality involves delving into a project that respects the distinct identities and histories of the places. Acknowledging the existing sensory bonds between these locales, their sounds, and colors, the project is grounded in this uncommon synergy.

The soundscape varies across Lignano’s landscapes : the beach, the seafront road, the UNICEF park and the Commercial plaza are tinged with bright colors because of the loud sounds associated with them. In contrast, the quieter edge of the pine forest and the eco hotel hum with human activity, complemented by softer, pastel tones. Deeper in the forest, where there’s only space for reflection, the sounds are muted by the trees, echoing deeper, darker colors.

The physical and visual expression of these sounds is achieved through the use of fabric, a material of Italian history and economy, which becomes an architecture. The fabric is all at once enveloping, protective, interventionist and guiding. Poetic, it provides both distance and accompaniment throughout the journey.

This plurality of sounds is illustrated by a multitude of pavilions that are both peaceful and active. These fabric pavilions can be considered as a form of architecture, temporary or not, capable of transforming space. In the same way as modular structures, fabric can be folded, stretched and shaped to satisfy particular needs. Just as architecture uses light, fabric can change the atmosphere of a space by filtering light, absorbing sound or creating visual patterns.

Considering all these elements, the hotel is designed to be respectful of the surroundings. The eco hotel, compact and featuring clean lines, is elevated on a platform designed to minimize its impact on the ground. Its materials, including wood, clay, raw earth, and straw, are chosen to honor the area’s heritage. Drawing inspiration from the communal spaces of the Casone of the Morano lagoon, the hotel fosters a sense of shared living and connection.

Wherever you go, fabric reflects the sounds of each place by capturing this essence in its fibers. It quietly holds the history and beauty of Lignano, between the sea and the pine forest.



About the First Prize – Tatiana Dimou – Tatiana Dimou Architects
“A thoughtful and articulate proposal is presented, showing a keen awareness of local conditions. It offers a detailed analysis of the bridge’s role in connecting communities, emphasizing practicality, community engagement, and environmental sustainability. The plan demonstrates a systematic approach to integrating ecological considerations while preserving the site’s existing characteristics. It is supported by clear and detailed graphics, ensuring clarity in its presentation.”

About the First Prize – Nathalie Rozencwajg – NAME architecture
“Audacious yet minimal interventions achieve a striking impact through both sensory and spatial media. The proposal stands out for its freshness, seamlessly blending sound, color, and materiality to create a multi-sensory experience that reinterprets many elements of local traditions. Through this unique approach, the project fosters a deep connection between architecture and the natural environment, offering a respectful yet transformative presence in the setting.”



“In the shade of Pines’”
Guillaume Celante


The urban approach of the project is based on the desire to improve and develop the existing situation by limiting heavy interventions as much as possible. Firstly, on the scale of the Pinewood area, by creating a network of pedestrian and cyclist routes which extend those of the Piccinato Plan and allow continuities by connecting to the different axis of the city.

The major intervention is located via Corso Dei Continenti, now abandoned in terms of uses, despite its strategic importance in seeking to open the city towards this natural space. In the same way as the coastline facade, this natural facade becomes a central place in the city.

What responses should we provide to the act of building on a preserved natural site, and which must continue to be so?

A project of this scale involves degradation of the site, in particular removing numerous trees. It therefore implies an architectural design that keeps this essential point in mind to limit its impact while agreeing to find its place and assume its interest within a dynamic territory.

The Eco-Hotel complex aims to offer an immersive experience within the Lignano Pinewood. Each route, each view during a stay must open in sequence towards this very particular landscape.
For this, the choice is made to offer two fine buildings (10.5m thick) expressed in length according to a regular grid of 2.20m and united on the ground floor by a base bringing together all the elements of common programs widely open to the outside (auditorium, bar-restaurant, healthcare facilities, etc.)

On this base, three levels accommodate all the types of rooms and their loggia (88 rooms two, three or four frames’ typologies) all oriented west towards the interior of the Pinewood and protected from views from public spaces. Accessible by vertical circulations and largely glazed passageways, each moment experienced within the building orients and frames its views of its natural environment.

On the last level, the roofs are made accessible and partially covered by peripheral passageways in the extension of the facades. Controlling the general height of the building, this largely planted spaces become places of rest and contemplation.

From the hall of the main building, dedicated access via an elevated walkway leads to six isolated apartments located on the plot. Nearby, a panoramic restaurant completes the complex’s catering offering.

To protect the grounds as much as possible as well as the life of the existing fauna and flora, all the constructions are built on stilts. On this principle, the choice is made to offer a silo parking located at the entrance to the complex along Via Corso Dei Continenti and Via Della Pittura, offering one parking space per room.

Representing an approximate overall surface area of 10,500 square meters, buildings are made of a wooden structure covered on the facades with green or natural-tinted wood cladding supplemented by bio-sourced insulation and mixed wood – aluminum windows making it possible to significantly integrate an architecture in the shade of Pines.


About the Second Prize – Federico Minelli – Andreas Gruber Architekt
“A deep and well expressed concept. Respectful of the site and capable to give a new life to the area. Impressive is the research of new relations between nature and people throughout architecture.”




“Lignano Pinewood ”
Linda De Giacomo


Lignano Pinewood Masterplan

The master plan for Lignano includes the reactivation and reconnection of the pine forest to the beach. New park paths, so-called exploration paths, fitness paths and relaxing paths will be integrated into the pine forest. They will be connected to the town of Lignano and the beach by foot and cycle bridges. This will create an improved infrastructure of new paths and social interactions for visitors and residents. The flora and fauna of the pine forest will be brought closer with individual exploration stations. From the pine forest towards the beach, the park paths through the housing areas will be redesigned as „cultural paths“. The current side streets with the names of well-known artists and musicians will be taken up as a theme and integrated into the cultural paths.

Via delle Arti Boulevard

Along the Via delle Arti, a high pedestrian and cycle bridge will be created between the main roads along the pine forest. For a direct connection with the city, circular bridges are being built over large road junctions to enable barrier-free connections and free-flowing traffic. From the beginning of the pine forest, you can reach the beach of Lignano easily over a bridge.

Unicef Park

The bridge at Unicef Park will be preserved and harmoniously connected with a new bridge at the beginning and end of the existing bridge. This will provide direct access to the beach via the Commercial Plaza. Ramps and stairs will lead to the park area of Unicef Park, which will be created with new park paths and stairs. Standalone buildings for visitors and residents are integrated into the park‘s surroundings.

Commercial Plaza

The Commercial Plaza is being transformed with a grid-shaped area that can be used and designed individually. Cooling off in summer is provided by spray mist stations and green areas, as well as trees newly planted in the area to provide shade. Seating elements and play areas are designed as elements of social exchange and communication between residents and visitors. A pedestrian and cycle bridge over the plaza, which adapts to the existing architectural structure, is designed to provide direct access to the plaza and its surroundings.

Immersed Eco-Hotel

The eco-hotel fits harmoniously into the surrounding pine forest without altering the existing trees. The main building of the hotel has a two-storey design in order to minimize its presence in relation to the pine trees. It is constructed in a 5×5 meter grid, which allows for the integration of inner courtyards in which the existing pine trees are incorporated into the hotel structure. Large window fronts bring natural light into the hotel throughout the day – at the same time creating a lasting interaction between guests and nature. The concept is based on a sustainable construction method using wood and local materials. For a unique experience of nature, the hotel rooms and cabins are designed away from the main building with long green park paths leading to the rooms and loggias projecting from all rooms.



About the Third Prize – Marco Leitão – Pedro Henrique Arquiteto
“It gives a clear and unifying response to the overall program, with a distinct but striking image oriented in space. The various urban solutions adopted are compatible with each other and with the location and do not affect the natural dynamics of the site. The materials and constructive systems allow for quick and low-invasive construction. The graphic presentation enhances the proposal.”





Mateus Tedeschi, Alan de Mello Coelho, Cássia Fillus, Gabriela Zaruvne


Valerio Pacelli, Ludovico Spinozzi, Paolo Luparello, Adrian Martin Rodriguez, Giacomo Fruzzetti


Sergi Riera Solà, Ines Clavell Labastida


Anna Högberg

Categories: Results
Date: April 8, 2024