Status: Competition (2020)
Clasification: 2 prize
Location: Mexico City, Mexico
Coordinates: 19.436423, -99.146073
Climate: Temperate, Oceanic / maritime
Budget: 3.000 €
Scale: 100 ㎡ Small
Ratio: 30,00 €/㎡
Types: Intervention, Landscape
La Charca is a pavilion and a playground. It’s a place where the citizens can meet and have fun in a secure way. La Charca is a little lagoon with a square geometry. The pavilion emerges from vegetation, a sum of different species of plants (cane, rush, papyrus), that form a closure generating a circular void that is off center within a square. That way, it generates tension and it creates the two entrance to the interior. Once inside, the user perceives the pavilion, the space that surrounds and welcomes him, thanks to the vegetal closure.
The different stone arrange inside allow us to cross from one to another, through small concrete cylinders, crossing the void of La Charca or staying on one of this stones to see the reflection of the water or to talk with an other person separate each other by the water or plants. La Charca sums up the idea of urbanism that we have: a place where the vegetation helps to create relationship spaces and pleasant play areas, understanding public space not only as a space of passage but also as a socialization space. The use of vegetation helps to create more sustainable urban spaces and microclimates.
The dimension of La Charca is 100 m2, with a square base made of black sheet metal with an also metallic perimeter edge 30 cm high that contains the water. The dimension of the stones and cylinders are 50 cm and 20 cm diameter, respectively. This measurements have been designed so that the only elements in which thou can be static are the stones, and only one person per stone, keeping people separated from each other by a safe physical distance of 1,50 m.