- by Joaquim Sellas
How could architecture transform a conflicting territory such as the border between Ceuta and Morocco?
In this project it is proposed an interboundary city between both countries to solve the conflicts that the border fence have been causing in these last years. A city that not only activates the interboundary territorial economy, but also accommodates stateless people, giving them a chance to obtain a citizenship and recognize their rights.
In order to aim that, this project stablishes an architectural grammar for this city; an opened structure based on a sequence of prefabricated concrete porticos and slabs that accommodate spaces for living and housing. Secondary volumes that contain serving spaces and public facilities are added along the porticos sequence.
As a consequence, city becomes a ready-made of generic structural elements that support something as complex as life… A liveable infrastructure to provide a house and a city for those who had to leave their hometown escaping from fear.
architect: Joaquim Sellas | client: ETSA Barcelona | status: Academic Project (2016) | location: Ceuta, Spain (35.903294, -5.346720) | climate: Mediterranean, Temperate | material: concrete | environments: Seaside, Undeveloped | visualizer: Studio | scale: large | types: residence, residential | views: 4.130