The structure of the old port, close to the town centre, has been preserved. These buildings, dating back to the beginning of the last century, have not been capitalised on for years. It is only recently, the warehouse have been subject to restructuring and urban regeneration projects.

The general trend of Mediterranean ports has been to integrate more and more urban activities with the commercial port. In this sense, the experience of the ports of Genoa, Venice, Naples and Ancona, represent significant precedents for integration of the port areas with surrounding urban zones. The model of this integration is derived primarily from the possibility of securing a port use related to commercial activities and services for passengers and on the other hand, other recreational functions.

Today, in a relaunch phase of the port of Trieste, which is set to become a reference in the Adriatic basin, thanks to its ability to interconnect the European market with the traditional Mediterranean and overseas markets, the Punto Franco Vecchio returns to play a propelling function, characterised as an area of development for ideas, research and other port and maritime activities; the new PFV of Trieste will, in fact, play a complementary role the expansion of business activities in the south-eastern coast.

The Porto Vecchio constitutes a real “urban fabric”; a system which orders and enables the variations of its components, subject to certain general rules and it is thanks to this innovation, it has been able to modernise the use of space without losing its identity or its original structure.

The PVF has a special spatial matrix, evident not only in the stylistic features of some warehouses, but in the proportions that define it. The PFV has in fact been in the past – and potentially even today – a highly flexible portion of land. It enjoys a wide variety of accesses, can continually modify the connections between its artifacts and is still able to readjust to new functional requirements and new hierarchies of settlement. Once stores of goods, in the future stores of ideas, the PFV is a unique resource in the panorama of this harbour city of the Mediterranean.

Greensisam’s project, seeks to reinterpret and re-propose this system, materialised in evolutionary rules, measuring conservation and recovery with replacements and new edification. The idea of modernisation is not to delete the existing, but rather to reactivate the old, thanks to some grafts 0f innovation and a definition of a new system of rules for that area.