The area of intervention is located in Mage, a district neighboring Rio de Janeiro on the Guanabara Bay. It is based on the restoration and reactivation of the first Brazilian railway, a 150-year-old infrastructure16km long that used to connect the Mountains and the sea. This axis was mainly built to transport goods from the gold mines to Europe in the XIX century. The proposal creates a network of connections that triggers and facilitates local development through an organized appropriation of the space by the community, the public power and private investors. Another important aspect is the emphasis given to the preservation of the historic and environmental patrimony and to the concept of democratization and re-qualification of public space through the introduction of new uses that would activate the local social, economic and cultural activities.The main aspect of the proposal is the restoration of the connection between the mountain and the sea through the railway. This axis becomes the armature that promotes multi modal transportation systems in each of its enclaves: train, boat, car, bicycle and pedestrian.These various means of transportation allow for different speeds and time that can articulate and relate to alternative tourist options oriented to history, culture or leisure according to the users. The time is also addressed in a way that there would be options for one, two or more days of stay, with an infrastructure of hotels, hostels, bead and breakfast, etc. with different character (including agrarian-tourism and eco-tourism style) distributed along the main axis
jueves, 26 de febrero de 2009
The building proposed is open to its context with an access plaza that articulates it with the surroundings. The volumetric-spatial configuration is conceived to facilitate the delimitation of different zones that are visually linked with internal gardens that have different character. The concepts that organize the project are penetration, communication and transparency. A great covered but opened hall serves as transition between the interior and the exterior as well as gathering point associated with the library, the bookstore, the bar, the auditorium and the multi-use rooms.