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November December 2018 Marina World

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WATERFRONT DEVELOPMENTS Smart standards in Sistiana A model of beauty, sustainability and nautical sports, the marina of Portopiccolo Sistiana has been developed in an ancient limestone quarry that dates back to the second century AD and was in use until the 1970s. The project, for the marina and associated village of Borgo, is to be completed with a second marina in Sistiana Bay that will be dedicated to superyachts. Donatella Zucca reports Covering a water area of 30,000m² (322,917ft²), the marina offers 120 berths for boats up to 25m (82ft), and forms part of a 350,000m² (418,596yd²) site that is easily accessed by land and sea. The development has been realised by world leading construction company Rizzani de Eccher at a cost of around €350 million. “Over €45 million alone has been allocated to technology so as Borgo homes (top); Terrazzo homes (below); the Pavilion convention centre (centre); and the Spa by Bakel. to guarantee the highest standards of safety, accessibility and sustainability,” explains Luigi Candida, head of real estate. “Construction work started in 2011, the opening took place in 2014 and, today, due to its natural beauty and the high level of residential and service offerings, it can be compared to the French Riviera,” he adds. The architect Francesco Luparelli was also surely inspired by high profile destinations like Portofino and Porto Cervo. Located in Friuli Venezia Giulia on a stretch of coastline between the castles at Miramare and Duino, Portopiccolo has been developed on a site that could be considered private because it is technically inland rather than coastal. If this is so – and the matter is currently being discussed – it would not be subject to state concession fees and rules, and the sale of berths would be possible. Portopiccolo Sistiana is located at an enviable site in Friuli Venezia Giulia. Sustainable design The prime mover for all plans, from waste management to energy, and landscaping to traffic control, has been consideration of the environment. A geothermal heat pump system with sea water exchange supplies 70% of the total heating requirement of the Luigi Candida entire complex, and systems for delivering air conditioning and non-potable water use 45% less energy than the norm. Facility manager Davide Carrier expands. “The 50m² [538ft²] studio in the Case del Borgo, the terrace house Marco de Eccher and the Four Winds penthouses of over 600m² [6,458ft²] with large terraces and private swimming pools, all enjoy Class A and A+ energy classification. They are equipped with thermal-acoustic insulation, controlled mechanical ventilation, low-emission windows, green roofs and hanging gardens.” Portopiccolo also has clean air because there is no carbon dioxide from motor Giorgio Martin vehicles. “Cars can only be driven through hidden tunnels to parking spaces reserved for residents, marina guests, hotels and day visitors. Above ground, we only use electric vehicles; electric cars and an electric shuttle that - November/December 2018 23

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