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.
Blas Infante Square in Lleida, Spain by Mamen Domingo and Ernest Ferré, architects (Designed using ArchiCAD and AutoCAD)
February 10th, 2012 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Mamen Domingo and Ernest Ferré, architects
The proposal represents and symbolizes the new centrality that Blas Infante Square offers in a contemporary way. The project is developed from the duality of the two scales that are mixed: the scale of the neighborhood, immediate environment, and a larger size, the city and its historic center.
Conformance with the district of Cap-Pont and relationship to the historic center. For the use and immediate environment has been created a neighborhood place, a place of rest, leisure, neighborhood relationship, with shade and benches, playgrounds, grass and floral vegetation following the route of the pergola as protection for the summer.
The existence of a newly built underground parking at the base of the square has made the integration of service mechanisms unifying one of the objectives of the project. In this way the elevators, stairways exits, ventilation… are plastically integrated playing with the elements of the towers and the pergola, which have been planned to integrate the lighting. This same lighting allows to create different environments, dynamic spaces, spaces of communication, some with more light, others soft lighting with shades of rest and tranquility. The public space has to pamper the user.
The impressive topography of the Historic Center of Lleida, consisting of steep streets around the hill from the cathedral of La Seu Vella (1204 AD) is the reference nearly ubiquitous. We assume a flat square with a gentle slope that is picking up as it deviates from the riba of the river. From this public space the entire Old City is shown as it really is, with its grandeur and its conflicts. It is a vantage point, an excellent viewpoint of the city, presenting a pretty and sincer.
The project as a plastic proposal.
Geometry and topography.
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