Converting an old quarry to a natural water-cleaning lake and wetland.
Problems of the Post-Industrial Landscape. The project deals with the aim to transform an old clay quarry, and the industrial buildings associated to it. The huge scar produced on the landscape a profound damage on the biological frame, making it almost impossible to recover. The main goal is the naturalization of the environment.
The concept is to fill the big hole with water. clay is completely waterproof, so retention of water is granted. The source of water is the sub-urban neighbourhoods surrounding. By adding a series of water-cleaning ponds based on phytodepuration the dirty waters of that urban fabric are cleaned. To do so, a Little intervention is mandatory to collect the water, so the public space of those areas are benefited by a better planning of the space.
Dismantling the built structures, drilling the big concrete slab to make it permeable sets base for the autochthonous vegetation to take over the buildings. The ruins of the industrial past are the substrate for the new park.
The intervention degree is very Little. The guillotine stopcocks, a few concrete ramps and stairways and a small maintenance building are the only new manmade structures.
Emergency dwelling for Refugees
The main goal was to explore an answer for a local refugee problem in Umeå, Sweden, 2014, that flipped to another dimension just a year after with the European migrant crisis.
Using the existing sprawl urbanism as a theoretical frame, the proposal aims to improve the neighborhood by the "Symbiosis" provided by the new guests. The individuality inherent by the housing typology is broken by this "parasite" that is attached to the kitchen of a single family house. By shearing the kitchen the building budget of the new apparatus is reduced dramatically and in addition new relations between the old inhabitants and the new neighbors, occur.
The isolate lifestyle of the suburban outskirts areas becomes busy and vibrant by the new micro centrality hub: the kitchen.
Reprogramming Barcelona's waterfront.
From the medieval defensive wall to a multi modal connection hub. Solving discontinuities on urban fabric.
This project is located on the waterfront of Barcelona, in the Paseo Colón avenue. This site has suffered deep changes in its morphology during history, as it was the place where the medieval wall was located. During the Barcelona '92 Olympic Games the city’s orbital highway was built, embedded in this place through a key project by Manuel de Solà-Morales. In addition, the old railway station acts as an urban void, difficulting pedestrian connections.
As years go by, Solà-Morales' main concept, to open the city to the sea, remains up to date. Anyhow the tourism has grown dramatically since then, and new requirements come up to be able to absorb the people’s flows and potentiate the main goal of the architect.
By reshaping the section to a single platform space and improving it with shade and trees, the new scenario works as an ethereal and serving frame for the big multi-modal hub that happens underneath. A new tramway line links this space with other city centralities.