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 la Ocho in Tijuana, México by DStudio Architecture
June 26th, 2012 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: DStudio Architecture
This project is built on the site of the former headquarters of the Municipal Police and Fire Station, located on 8th Street and Constitution. Which was demolished earlier this year in an unlawful manner by the current mayor of the city. By destroying a part of the history of the city without considering its reuse and conservation, the Project began to wake up public attention and demanding that now the space should be considered for public use.
Being located in the downtown Tijuana, its a space where daily route of public transportation go by, locals and tourists pass by the site because of its close neighbor Av. Revolucion which is a tourist destination. Making it an area where social events are held, both commercial and cultural, thus bringing a diversity of audiences and visitors.
The association for the Police and fire department museum took the obligation of promoting the development of a suitable site to honor these men and women who serve and protect our city. While adding to this, several spaces where people could meet, do activities, enjoy and promote urban leisure. That is when DStudio Architecture stepped in to help and develop the conceptual design for the Plaza la Ocho.
The project is composed out of these spaces:
Recreational Plaza; Garden Plaza; Police and Firefighter Museum of Tijuana; a Gourmet Market to promote local production from the region; Commercial Area for a variety of shops and restaurants; Office spaces; Cultural work shops and gallery; rooftop gardens and terraces.
The site is divided into two areas, an outer more public zone which has direct contact with the urban context. And a more private, but still linked, area for a more leisure type of program.
In the outer zone, a gourmet market and a garden plaza welcomes visitors to the space. Creating open areas within a dense context. Behind the garden plaza, on a upper level , the museum was located and raised to infamies its presence as the star attraction and remembering what once stud there.
The main volume of the building, which has a V shape, holds the museum for both police and firefighters, creating a continuous path thru the entire exhibition spaces. Part of the museum hovers on top of the main plaza creating a gate way towards the private zone. In this space you will find the commercial area with shops, restaurants, outside eating areas, fountains and an outdoor stage.
On a second level in the private zone, offices spaces dedicated to non profit organizations have a clear view down to the inner plaza. The third level hold the cultural spaces, workshops, multiuse spaces either for lectures or social counseling, and a gallery. Rooftop terraces are integrated to the design to benefit form the height and serve as look out points and take in the city views.
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