Opening on 1 December 2018 of M9, the new urban regeneration district at Venice-Mestre, combining a Multimedia Museum of the 1900s with cultural and technological innovation, retailing, entertainment and services.
Based on other international initiatives, M9 features an innovative format that combines multimedia culture, sustainable architecture, technology and services with new forms of commerce to generate employment, growth and community wellbeing.
This is the most important project of Fondazione di Venezia, which has invested 110 million euros to contribute to the revitalization of the Venetian inland. The implementation and development of M9 have been assigned to Polymnia Venezia.
Created by the Berlin-based firm Sauerbruch Hutton, the M9 project is presented at the Corderie of the Arsenale, until 25 November 2018, in the exhibition Freespace curated by Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara, during the 16th International Architecture Exhibition of the Biennale di Venezia.
The project covers a total of seven buildings including the construction of three new ones, the largest of which is the museum, as well as renovation of a former monastery from the late 1500x and the refurbishing of an office building from the 1970s.
M9 returns a historical space to the city, a place that narrates the identity of its inhabitants with a new international scope, in an area that is reinserted in the urban fabric of the center of Mestre.
The dynamic facades of the new works of architecture stand out for their use of color: 13 different hues, in tune with the urban context, created by means of ceramic cladding. Six new pedestrian walkways guarantee permeability of the area.
The displays at the Multimedia Museum of the 1900s are entirely technological (6000 photos, 820 videos, 500 records of iconographic materials, 60 interactive and multimedia installations), divided into 8 sections: Demographic and social structures; Consumption and lifestyle; Science, technology and innovation; Economics, labor, production, wellbeing; Urban settlements and landscapes; The state, institutions and politics; Education, information and training; What makes us feel like Italians.
The permanent exhibits – on two levels for a total of 2610 m2 – are joined by a space of 1400 m2 on the third floor for temporary exhibitions, ranging from photography to design, art to technology. M9 also contains a 4K auditorium/cinema and four large spaces for events.