Fashion designer calls off skyscraper in Venice

Fashion designer Pierre Cardin canceled plans to build his futuristic skyscraper in Venice due to public and government opposition.

Planned by the designer himself and his architect nephew Rodrigo Basilicati, the 60-storey Palaise Lumiere skyscraper with three fins jutting from the sides has been criticised for its place in the Venetian landscape. Locals expressed concern over the impact the 243 metre high structure could potentially have on the surrounding medieval city.

Basilicati told Italian media: “The decision was inevitable after over two years since presenting the initiative we could not get formal approval on a deal with all public bodies involved.”

Ana Somer Cocks from Arts Newspaper reported: “Venetians and Italians are tired of seeing Venice abused by vast cruise ships and mounting examples of the crudest commercialism.”

Originally planned for completion by 2015 in order to coincide with the Milan Universal Exposition, the glass tower was set to include residential areas, hotels, cinemas, restaurants, research centres as well as education and sports facilities, taking up an area of 250,000m2.