The "Memory & Reflection Park" project is located in Comuna 14, Barrio el Poblado in the City of Medellin.
T1X1 proposal focuses on honoring the people that lost their lives during the decade from 10984 to 1994 in Colombia.
The concept design is inspired by the artwork ¨The Seven Lively Arts¨(1957) from Salvador Dali´s, which was part of the private Escobar art collection, and he kept in this property. The Park is contained in the middle of a consolidated residential and service area, where Edificio Monaco used to be the infamous fort of Druglord Pablo Escobar. The site denotes a large local scale.
It is located between Avenida Las Vegas, Carrera 43ª. Calle 12 Sur, with Avenida Las Vegas being the closest to the central axis of the City, made up of the Regional Highway and the Southern Highway, on each side of the River.
Due to the robust neighborhood scale of the Place, we decided to incorporate strategies that help us connect the concept of the City and the creation of a Park for everyone as a meeting place not only for the inhabitants of the Commune in the collective imaginary of the inhabitants 14 but as a destination place for the inhabitants of the City and the visitors at national and international level.
On the local scale, the property is determined by the two adjoining buildings: the Bahia Blanca Building and the Camino del Angel Building and the streets of Calle 16 Sur, Carrera 45, and Carrera 44. Carrera 45 and Calle 15 Sur as axis connector at the ends of the Park, Carrera 44 being a permeable front throughout its length and also acting as a landscape façade where the created topography is perceived.
We consolidated the front of Carrera 45 as the meeting place and articulation with the route that will connect to the Aguacatala Metro station, but also as a connection to the Santa María de Los Angeles Park, the Parish of Santa María de Los Angeles, the House of Music, and also the Casa Teatro El Poblado.
The intervention of the place is generated by reinterpreting the landscape and topography of the City of Medellín.
The City is formed in the middle of the Mountains, creating the spectacular Valley where its central articulating axis is the River.
We reinterpret these three elements to shape the unique landscape of the City of Medellín to shape the Park. "The Valley" as a "flat" part, is the generating space of interaction and connection between the two sides of the River, it is an axis that creates a commonplace instead of generating separation.
The sinuous topography of the mountains becomes the central element of the Park, through the creation of this topography, we also regulate the use of the Park as a Civic Park. Thus, through the design of the surface, we can control the activities that occur in the Park, and maintain its vocation for reflection, integration, and encounter.
The curved surface not only reinterprets the mountains of Medellin, it also invites you to use the Park with activities other than play that could compromise the essence of the place. In this quiet, sacred, and essential place, visitors, both local and foreign, to the site, they can enjoy rest, recreational activities, games, etc.
We respect the existing vegetation, but we also propose the insertion of 20 Wax Palms as a symbolic element. La Palma de Cera is a characteristic element of the region that is in extinction, and that must last over time, throughout the centuries, no matter how long its growth lasted, it is a sign of perseverance, of planting something that although it is known to take a long time, the result is worth it.
The Park is made up of layers that start from the parametric reinterpretation of the topography of the landscape of the City of Medellin. The first layer is the principal landscape element, where green and mixed spaces are generated, spaces for contemplation, reflection, rest, taking advantage of the different views from the sinuous curves, creating particular and adjacent places.
As a connecting and integral element of the landscape proposal, we propose a roof supported by pillars in guadua, using local construction techniques and materials and local techniques through computational design, representing an avant-garde culture but with values rooted locally.
The columns generate a conical shape that dialogues with the vegetation and provides it with unique characteristics, both aesthetic and constructive.
Along the route under this cover, visitors will be able to appreciate the 46,612 light holes, in commemoration of the 46,612 victims of violence during the years of 1983 and 1994.
The holes will be a permanent part of the landscape, and visitors will always feel its presence, even at night, where artificial light will seep in, creating light trails.
The Park has a light pavilion-like structure, where different events such as exhibitions, small group talks, etc. can be generated.
The playful nature of the Park is emphasized through the creation of spaces for permanence and games, where especially children learn values of coexistence.