Foster + Partners has designed a major new waterfront development for Rimini, Italy, a mid-sized city located on the Adriatic Sea. The firm unveiled its proposal, a collaboration with developer Gruppo Gecos, in June after local officials invited ideas to improve the area.
The plan, which covers about 300,000 square feet, calls for a new seaside promenade, a 1,000-foot-long pier, a hotel tower, and a museum for filmmaker Federico Fellini, a Rimini native and famed director of 8½ and La Dolce Vita. It also extends an existing park to create a much-needed connection between the city and the water, says Luis Matania, partner in charge. “The old city is very nice and there’s a green strip of a park that runs from the city center toward the seafront, but it stops about 200 meters short,” Matania says. “We feel it’s a shame that these two things don’t work together, and our proposal is to continue that park right up to the seafront.”