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Coquimbo Urban Centre

Part 1 Project 2010
Vincenzo Castello
Zerega Constanza
Daniela Moscoso
Felipe GonzáLez
University of Chile, Chile
The Coquimbo Urban Centre are located in the Port of Coquimbo in the north of Chile.

The project appears as a proposal against the current waterfront development by the local government, being one of the objectives of the project is the rescue of the wetland as a potential public space for the city.

The Structure conceptualization from the cranes constructive model, as iconic elements of a dockland city and the buildings shows their relation with public spaces systems.

The outer skin contains public spaces inside closing the gap between the landscape and visitors and the structural sequence allows the passage of light to generate a rhythm that invites the viewer.

The roof structure forms a shell that allows massive outdoor activities, enhancing the contact with the natural environment of the city.

Vincenzo Castello
Zerega Constanza
Daniela Moscoso
Felipe GonzáLez

The project in Coquimbo, takes a sustainable medium not only of Coquimbo, if not in the region, as it is located opposite the existing, protecting its slope with a friendly, project of low height and public use wetland, putting in value the wetlands which constituted the principal view of the project and a point of contact with nature, flora and fauna of the area option.

The edge of the sea and the wetland is now stale and very close industrial zone, also has been built gradually over it in areas that were of protection.

The project raises a multi-purpose urban and services centre located between the city and the wetland, covers several blocks, spread on the ground providing longitudinal and sinuous, tour as the sinuosity of the edge of the sea, between modules of urban services, exhibitions, sales, local handicraft fairs, culminating in a large space, event Centre for enabling activities such as theatre, concerts, cultural and social events.

Downtown is projected based on metal structure, modules developed in three typologies depending on the use hosting. They are one and two-story where covers fold to control the entrance of the Sun, and seek shade whereas the Coquimbo city has a high percentage of sunny days a year and with high temperatures, making shadow plays a role player in the architecture.
Each module of the project has a panel that captures solar autoabasteciendo lighting project.

By its size and different uses in different times of the day, constitutes an interesting walk, also proposes runners as a pedestrian floating piers which are progressing on the wetland and let go as part of the walk without altering its ecosystem, the docks go up and down with the tides.

The urban centre of Coquimbo was developed by students with great creativity and assertiveness in practices, materials, sustainable systems, respect for the place and its inhabitants.


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