Shira Eliash+Liran Messer
Logroño 1:2 is a device for viewing the city. Not an architecture in itself, but rather a representation of architecture – an architectural model which calls residents and visitors to actively view their city and its urban spaces.
For the 09 edition of the Concéntrico Festival, we propose a device for viewing the city. For this purpose we choose to design not an architecture in itself, but rather a representation of architecture – an architectural model. The model corresponds to three different scales of the city – the street scale, the square scale and the urban sky-line scale, thus being a composition of three exaggerated planes; The 20m longitudinal plane is placed along the street and redefines the city square, it offers some sitting places for the visitors creating the possibility of slowing down and viewing the street scene. In addition, this plane can host talks and evening screenings while creating a new, flexible and temporary facade in the city square.
The 1.4m wide horizontal plane is an urban corridor, serving as a raised platform in the city and leading to the edge of the model where the vertical plane rises. The 14m high vertical plane rises above the nearby city roofs and corresponds to the vertical landmarks of the city such as the Chimenea Tabacalera and the Concatedral de Santa María de la Redonda. As a scaled-down version of the city’s vertical landmarks, it establishes a dialogue between the city, it’s heritage and the architectural representation. Using a periscope apparatus at it’s edge, the vertical plane captures the views of the city sky-line and offers the visitor a glimpse to an image of the city. At night the vertical edge of the model will inflate into a transparent light beacon, illuminating the square and signifying a temporary landmark – an urban event.
With the Framing of different views of the city we would like to call residents and visitors to actively view their city, reflect on the urban spaces and discover their potentials as essential, flexible and open-to-all spaces in the city.