Category: Student - Open
Space - Graduate Level
Project Name: Parque Sagrada
Cejas - Florida
Design Effort & Date of Completion: Spring 2011
Nestled in a
common middle class Barcelona neighborhood, Gaudi’s unfinished Sagrada Familia
merits global attention. The basilica currently sits in between two parks and
is then surrounded by the ubiquity of dwelling infrastructure within the Gracia
and Sants neighborhoods. The eldest of the two parks is Parque de Retiro and
has complimented the basilica’s nativity façade for over a hundred years.
remaining open space reflects the most recently completed Passion façade. This
façade receives much notoriety for it’s modern aesthetic and it’s currently the
main entrance to the basilica. The parcel of open space currently accommodates
a park that has not yet reached its full potential due to the buffer created by
the constant flow of tour busses that continually drop off and pick up
Parque Sagrada Familia, can play a vital role in relieving the current
touristic stresses that has plagued the immediate surrounding neighborhoods.
Local commerce directly across the Carrer de Sicilia is directly affected by
the buffer, which prevents visitors from safely crossing the street. In
addition, the views from these businesses are stifled due to this bisecting
blight. This disconnect is synonymous along three off the four edges along this
block. One of these edges directly faces the basilica with visitors waiting for
the busses to disperse to shot their photograph.
The aim of
this design is to eradicate the tensions surrounding the sites edges by
harboring touristic volume while simultaneously reciprocating reflective views
to the basilica’s Passion façade. The park will now have a plaza directly
facing the basilica’s façade and at the same elevation point of the basilica’s
plinth were visitors and residents can both reflect and take in their memory.
lawn is provided and it’s the hierarchal centerpiece of the park’s design,
elevating all visitors above the surrounding elements to lie and reflect upon
the Sagrada Familia’s hierarchal presence over the City of Barcelona. In
addition, intimate corridors throughout provide residents and visitors alike
with uninterrupted access for moments of pause and commuting.