Photos courtesy of Adrià Goula
BORN MARKET SURROUNDINGS
The urbanization of the Mercat del Born surroundings is part of a regenerating strategy of a city area which has been at a standstill for many years due to the lack of use of the market and the inaccessibility to the Parc de la Ciutadella. The market building, which contains a considerable part of medieval city, dating back to 1714, has been re-opened as a cultural and historic centre. The re- opening, at a urban level, offers a large, covered public space, framed by a cohesive architectural plan: the so-called porches Fontserè. The objective of the project is to answer to the potentials and necessities generated in the public space by the utilization of the building as a cultural centre. This answer is based on 3 strategies:
1. Connectivity and permeability
2. Centrality and identity
3. Flexibility and functionality.
Photos courtesy of Ali Eren
The refurbishment of the Besiktas Fish Market is not a design and realization process that was prosecuted in an accustomed manner.
It is not intended to be carried through to an incomputable state. On the contrary, the aspiration is to initiate a dynamic outset by the gradual functional supplements and substitutions and even with the immediate effects of artistic approaches.
The architectural decisions were constituted with a simplistic approach to form and solutions, in order to allow and welcome revolution in this 26×23/2 triangular space which can subsist with temporary art installations and elements that, only in the course of time, generate themselves through the medium of color, texture and light.
The space mimics a piece of cloth lifted from the corners or a seashell. A junction of three roads thrives with transverse movements. Furthermore the ceiling has been kept high increasing the openness and view capacity of the restaurants. This visual linkage spontaneously promotes an invitation both towards the inside and outside.
The concept of the refurbishment is primarily based on eliminating the distress of neglect, lack of infrastructure and hygiene while preparing the stall and shop owners for a more professional environment.
Photos courtesy of Jesús Granada
Elche, Alicante, Spain
El Valle Trenzado aims to recover the pedestrian’s traffic footprint.
The system aims to give voice to the Vinalopó river. The sinuous braids have no relation to the orthogonality of the city. These squiggly lines shape thes lopes. Offer more comfortable routes and incorporate the possibility of crossing the river to continue the ride.
The roads that float on the untouchable riverbed of concrete, become the heroes of the reconquest. And they blur the difference between bridge and path, becoming a graphic thought solved by a material abstraction. A single bridge becomes a network of trails which fold, bend, stretch, tighten, disperse, curve, and of course twist.
The vegetation is also a material. Native species and trees help to build the shadow of the forest. A system based on the experience, understanding and empathy to connect with elegance, both sections which divide Elche.The valley has already started plaiting, now reduced to infrastructural minimums, and over time they will allow the flourishing of urban activities.