Kay Pacha Park
Between the Milestone, the Landscape and the Community
“In certain urban episodes, a high degree of expansion makes singularities so discernible that it is impossible to register any sense of collectivity between them. In these episodes the maximum degree of autonomy is conferred on the architectural object, it is isolated from the others to the point of not finding an echo or resonance in the autonomy of the others ”. Rogelio Salmona.
The word "kay pacha" is defined as: the earthly world where human beings inhabited and developed their lives. This project rehabilitates an iconic place in the city of Quito-Ecuador, the monument to the "middle of the world" and "UNASUR" emblematic landmarks, but for private use outside the community. In addition, mining exploitation and the disproportionate construction of new houses has devastated natural sources and mountains, losing social notions such as identity and the appropriation of spaces.
It is conceived as a bridge that integrates the different parts of the community, on a physical and appropriation level, making the community unite with its culture and nature; thus, later it would be able to transmit this link to the visitors who come to the sector, forming an economic model.
The implantation corresponds to external conditions near and far from the landscape, rather than to the urban structure and the relationship with neighboring buildings. Architecture bases its primary idea of form on the relationship that the community has with its main geographical landmarks, architecture is the abstraction of the community's landscape.
This project starts from a process of addition and not of subtraction, it is about the grouping of a series of evident singularities (relation with the environment) in order to produce a non-evident totality, when the expansion of the elements is too much it must form a relationship strategy through circulations (equinoctial strip).
The project is managed through a public-private alliance, contributions from international agencies and the recovery of historical landmarks as citizen and tourist attractions. Different citizen incentives to maintain the park and, in turn, generate new job opportunities for the locality.
Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador.
Student: Byron Cadena.
Tutor: Manuel Uribe.
September 2017. Middle of the World City, Quito, Ecuador.