Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
Plaza Republica Competition in Quito, Ecuador by Somatic Collaborative
August 12th, 2011 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Somatic Collaborative
Somatic Collaborative, an architectural practice based out of New York City and Quito, Ecuador created this proposal “Plaza República – a new fine grain open space” for a national competition for Quito’s urban renewal. The design team included Felipe Correa, Anthony Acciavatti, Andrew S. McGee, Andres Izurieta Rueda, and Mariusz Klemens. The Envirornmental and Botanical Consultants for this entry were Meffert + Etheridge Environmental Projects from New Orleans.
The project proposes to transform a derelict urban surface into a new cultural landscape that provides the city with a new high quality fine grain open space, complimentary to the adjacent Alameda Park; a new urban piece that can act as a catalyzer for future urban transformations in the Alameda district. The project transforms the old plaza into three new interconnected spaces, an open lawn that faces the existing park, a new courtyard and gallery space that redefine the entry to the existing underground theater and an elevated platform that hold a small botanical garden made up of endemic Andean species. These three elements act as anchors for a multiplicity of social and cultural activities to unfold within the spaces of the project.
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