1.785m Urban Insfrastructure by Ruben Tapias

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
1.785m

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Urban Insfrastructure

INSPIRATION:
The project was born as a local reaction to a highly invasive pre-existing airport infrastructure and also as a global reaction to an equally invasive sun and beach tourism that floods the Spanish coasts every summer. It is an integrated infrastructure in the economic, social and environmental environment that addresses new tourism dynamics capable of producing a positive and prolonged impact on its environment without resorting to the spanish tourist standard of sun and beach.

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
The project is an urban infraestructure situated on the Bidasoa river estuary (France-Spain border), wich suggests tourism as a catalyst for economic, social and environmental change in the region. A project capable of managing and mobilizing a ''glocal'' network, that allows to implement a sustainable format of tourism acting as a powerful experience gatherer, capable of offering that hybrid and complex idle offer that works as a point of attraction for both local and global tourism.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
The old airport is converted into an international island that has been conceived for speed competitions, a space fitted with water channels for sporting competitions such as rowing, sailing, etc. Indoor and open air pools, hangars for gliding, a runway 1km long for small planes. A multi-use track for go karting, cycling and skating. And as a culmination to the project it offers a 4000m track with ''FIA';' official approval for the celebration of F1 GP. 1785m is a leisure and tourist space, with a big offer of events and activities all year long. A space in which people and vehicles, technology and nature, production and consumption all combine in an own personal architectural language, based on coherence, reality and order.

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The project started in January 2014 in the Spain-Frnace border (mouth of the Bidaosa river) and finished in June 2014 in Segovia (Spain).

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
The opening of new channels to free the river flows, generates 227,500m3 of aggregates. These aggregates are reused in the creation of new topographies on the platform; providing strategically located “watchtowers” -in terms of visuals to the circuit and bay-, hills of expectation over the competition areas and slopes to protect nearby urban areas acoustically. In the northern part of the platform (nearest the open sea) program and speed bands emerge above ground to form continuous and elevated surfaces in which the main program of the project will be located. These bands are colonized by lightweight construction systems, following a simple strategy of “Supporting or unhang”.

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
The big platform that contains the project is 1785m long and 29m width. This platform is first colonized with the implantation of two bands: a speed band and a programmatic band. Later, the programmatic band is turned into building through 106 Reinforced concrete frames with maximum spans of 12m, 5 types of curves and several straights, 1 Interior skin simulating the vehicles path. The plotting of this skin generates gaps which are now converted into closed spaces through 120 Lightweight metal frames, with maximum spans of 7,20m. In this way, the band is turned into a continuous pedestrian circulation full of program.

TAGS:
Urban design, Urban planning, urbanism, architecture, tourism, design, big scale, infrastructure

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
We are currently experiencing a time in which spaces with limited leisure offers are at risk of extinction. That is mainly because current society is restless and is continuously evolving, demanding new kinds of entertainment and different ways of leisure to match their -increasingly complex- needs. Moreover, tourism is no longer an industry of space but one of time. The person seeking leisure in general, looks for the largest number of successful experiences that can accumulate over a determined period, and in this respect, traditional spaces like stadiums and sports halls or even the traditional sports competition race-track have nothing new to offer. Thus, we are now in the time of change, where such spaces are reinvented to offer a broad portfolio of possible experiences in a small space-time lapse. Spaces such as the Dallas Cowboys Stadium, are now posing a new range of hybrid entertainment, where sports spectacle are just one more of the complex attractions.

CHALLENGE:
1785m of virgin platform is the legacy of a failed airport. A space in permanent conflict with the nearby and higher airport of Biarritz and currently rejected by the three adjacent cities due its invasive nature. Thus, it is proposed the substitution of an infrastructure with global influence like an airport, for another infrastructure also with global influence like a cross-border space of competition. The hardest part of this design was the reinvention of a very singular and unique space, into another space also with a very singular and unique nature, but this time, integrated in the local and global scale and that works like a tourism condenser.

ADDED DATE:
2018-04-02 12:02:50

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IMAGE CREDITS:
Image #1: Illustrator Rubén Tapias, 1785M, 2014.
Image #2: Illustrator Rubén Tapias, 1785M, 2014.
Image #3: Photographer Rubén Tapias, 1785M, 2014.
Image #4: Photographer/Illustrator Rubén Tapias, 1785M, 2014.
Image #5: Photographer/Illustrator Rubén Tapias, 1785M, 2014.

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CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
RUBEN TAPIAS ARQUITECTOS

PROFILE:
Ruben Tapias Cañas Arquitectos is a young architecture firm who has worked and learnt from other firms in the past but is currently developing its own design practice. It understands design as a catalyst for economic, social and environmental change. Despite its brief professional career, it has achieved several awards in the field of architecture and sustainable urban development, currently having several small-scale projects underway. Each of these projects is addressed as a new possibility to innovate and improve the environment through design.

NOMINATION DETAILS

1.785m Urban Insfrastructure by Ruben Tapias is a Nominee in Urban Planning and Urban Design Category.

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1.785m Urban Insfrastructure by Ruben Tapias is Winner in Urban Planning and Urban Design Category, 2017 - 2018.



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