This enables an easy access and a renewed use of the elevated plaza, with children’s playground, extensive flowerbed plantings and long perimeter benches. The new intervention deliberately reduces the range of gestures and materials in an aim to introduce an abstract and homogeneous counterpoint to a discordant urban environment, resolving all perimeter benches and plantings with a single detail and the entire paving surface with a single floor piece. The new all-embracing carpet-like paving produces a certain volumetric, Op-Art effect, de-contextualizing the preexisting cultural centre which sits in the middle of the plaza and appears to hover over this carpet, which itself floats over the street. The paving is made up by EcoGranic® prefab coloured concrete pieces which filter NOx and perform as active de-contaminants.
Plantings are laid with aromatic and Atlantic species and little maintenance required. They are organized in parallel bands producing colour fringes and a selective blockage of immediate views from within the plaza.
The project is the first phase of a global redevelopment of the existing market below, which will be updated and completed with outdoor restaurants, gastro-stands and a new image in a strategic location, at the same time close to the city’s centre, the seafront and the touristic enclaves.
Project: Renovation of Plaza Mercado Puertochico
Status: Built (2016)
Client: Excelentísimo Ayuntamiento de Santander
Location: Santander, Spain
Team: García-Germán, Manuel del Río, Marta García, Laura Carrero, Miguel López, Raquel Díaz de la Campa, Martha Sosa Dias, Lidia de Lucas, Jaime González, Lucía Vallés
Builder: Teginser - Grupo Perteo
Photographs: Imagen Subliminal
Prizes: CEMEX Spain Prize 2018, Honorific Mention Construction Innovation CEMEX International Prize 2018, Finalist ENOR Prize 2017
Press: El País, Arquitectura Viva, Tectónica, Metalocus, Designboom, El Diario Montañés