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This project is located next to Mapocho River, in the city of Santiago of Chile. Currently, the river flows through the city dividing it into two halves, being experienced as a big gap, an obstacle.
Unfortunately, despite the attempts of incorporating the riverside to the citizen’s living routine, it has remained as a non-desired border in most of its extension. Further, even in the areas in which landscape features and green circuits have been successfully incorporated, the canyon of the river has always been neglected due to multiple factors.
The project incorporates the river space by providing a multifunctional platform deep inside the canyon. This platform allows the appropriation of an unused area generating a common space for multifunctional purposes, and reinventing the traditional experiences that the river provides.
In addition, some borders were carved to provide some commercial activity on its sides. This strategy activates the area and transforms it into a great leisure destination for citizens.
An important feature of the river current situation are the different parks that are set around it through different districts of Santiago. These parks have a low range of infrastructure that enhances the use of public space. The Mapocho platforms are positioned in strategic locations to connect and generate a wide platform of exposed functions.
Thus, the river is spatially re-valued, allowing people greater proximity to it, integrating it within the recreation and leisure opportunities that the city offers.
It is done with precast steel trusses providing support for to the walking deck. This allows the free flow of water underneath through the unobstructed canyon. In flood scenario, the platform requires to be evacuated and the entrance ramp closed, however the platform and structure are fabricated to resist the flooding, letting the water just pass continuously allowing strong streams passing through and on top of itself.
It connects directly with the upper areas through the creation of walkways that descend to the platform level, where it joins to the proposed lane and pedestrian walkway.
The Mapocho Platform is an added intervention to the existing area, it also attempts to support current projects being undertaken in Santiago as bikeway proposals and surrounding parks.
It is an attachment to the borders creating multiple new possibilities of use complemented with permanence platforms, giving rhythm to the walk and generating small hubs that break the linearity of the Mapocho riverside.
The spirit of the project is to encourage the use of public space in the urban externalities. That being said, the possibility of recognizing the canyon of the Mapocho river as an inhabitable urban landscape, represents planning the city beyond the traditional boundaries of civic spaces which transcends the material conception of the urban space.
PROJECT NAME: Mapocho Platform
DESIGN: 100 Architects (Shanghai)
DESIGN TEAM: Marcial Jesús, Madalena Sales, Pablo Juica
LOCATION: Santiago, Chile
Floating Ground in Santiago
The project incorporates the river space by providing a multifunctional platform deep inside the canyon, reinventing the traditional experiences that the river provides
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The project incorporates the river space by providing a multifunctional platform deep inside the canyon.
This platform allows the appropriation of an unused area generating a common space for multifunctional purposes, and reinventing the traditional experiences that the river provides.
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