Complesso Merville – Casa nel Parco

When we think of what today’s landscape of man is, we observe patterns which somehow relate its form with its function. Nevertheless, amongst these patterns there are areas whose utility is less apparent, or even an accessory, such as the Mediterranean woodland, covering the inaccessible hillsides, the poorest soils or the remotest regions.

We have been conquering space to woodland – or to forest – adapting it to other uses, but our relation with it remained peripheral. The area of this project falls precisely in the woodland and includes three different areas: a public area, woodland where the dominant species is the pine tree (Pinus); a private area, with residential and commercial buildings; and an access to the beach area, which crosses the consolidated dune system. In the public area, limited in its entire perimeter, we intend to recover the existing tree cover (mainly pine trees), but also to promote the resettlement of native species, actively instigating biodiversity. The paths within the park are made through raised footpaths, which only occasionally contact with the groundcover, in clearings. The private area is dominated by a quarter, with a tower, where commercial building is located.We intend to transform the public contact with this building into a wide space for circulation and interaction with the public space.

The other three residential buildings are raised, the reason the entrance is assured through ramps specifically shaped landforms. The shrub and herbaceous groundcover of these landforms is more textured and stands out from the grassy matrix. This wide private space also includes a system of paths, standardized in terms of materiality, two pools, and a small amenity. The access to the beach is assured by a system of wooden paths which follow the dune forms, which not only facilitate the access, but grant the connection to small equipped and more intimate islands as well. We also anticipate interventions in the two pontoons, specially when referring to its use as public spaces for leisure.

The main concern of this proposal is the removal of any architectural barriers in public space. Above all, the proposal consolidates urban space by constructing harmony between the unfeigned urban elements and the elements inherited from the ancestral landscape.

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