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  1. 1. Northwest and Pacific Region AIA Student Design Awards Submission Section II: Project Narrative ARCH 480 Studio -- 9 Week Term Individual Student Project Re-Envisioning Visitor Center Along the Onyar River, Girona Spain Setting: The city of Girona is populated with over 100,000 people and is located in Spains northeastern Catalonia region, along the River Onyar. The Old Quarter dates back several thousand years and was built up over time, organically following the rivers edge with long, narrow, curving city blocks. The east and west bank of the Onyar share a dialog with a colorful and irregular push and pull of building facades, which has become Girona Spains unique iconic image. Problem: The Visitors Center along the River Onyar is the uneventful termination point on the east bank GIRONA SPAIN city block that does little to activate the connection between the east and west portions of the city. Additionally, access to the river from the plaza is uninviting, creating a subtle barrier and causing a disconnect between the people and the waterway. Proposal: Create a new architectural space that both celebrates the event of the river and adds a exciting punctuation point to the head of the long, narrow, snaking block, worthy of international notice. This space should sparkle and call people to it, stitich- ing the two halves of the city together with its place making, and reactivate people with the river.
  2. 2. CULTURE AND TRADITION Girona Spain Red and Golden Rich Traditions and Culture Parade of the Three Kings: The Kings travel from the Orient to the city, setting up their tents and receiving all the children who come to meet them. Then their Majesties ride through the streets of the city. Mardi Gras: Carnival time, masked balls are held from Saturday to Tuesday as groups of revelers party in the streets. El Frum Gastronmic: A food Fair The first congress of gastronomy, synonymous with discretion, thorough- ness, credibility, image, and prestige. Gastronomy Week: A week-long promotion of local cuisine offering special menus of new culinary trends, putting Girona cuisine in the public spotlight. Holy Week: Good Fridays procession of the Burial of Christ, features Ancient Roman soldiers (manaies). The Spring Festival: Held on the Rambla on the week before St Georges Day, with a wide range of activities including the hoisting of the Tarl, the legendary symbol of the city of Girona. St Georges Day: Book stalls and flower sellers fill the streets of Girona, celebrat- ing Catalan culture and the tradition of giving a rose to a sweetheart. Girona Flower Time: For ten days the Citys historical buildings courtyards and gardens are adorned with flowers. St Narcissus Fair and Festival: The annual festival includes a trade fair, a carnival, musical performances, street fairs parades and a festival (correfoc). Christmas: Christmas lights and activities for the community.
  3. 3. BLOCK TYPOLOGIES Plaza de la Independencia homogenous consistent facades symmetrical forms large blocking masses large open spaces less intimate more public River Onyar flanked by long, narrow, snaking city blocks varying shapes, sizes, colors push and pull of overlapping geometries that have a dialog back and forth across the river Carrer Rambla elongated plaza social energy: shopping & cafe dining dressed with trees, lamps, & umbrellas at human scale Narrow Streets narrow, fissure-like streets clusters of building masses tiny random courtyards intimate, private, shared spaces
  4. 4. Rooftop Detail East Side Figure Ground East Side Horizontal Rooftops Detail Horizontal Street Detail Long Vertical Rooftops Detail Long Vertical Street Detail OLD QUARTER RIVER PATTERNING
  5. 5. SITE SPECIFIC DESIGN angle interracts with river plaza interracts with river path down to river indoor private Indoor public community outdoor public community utility and circulation utility and circulation outdoor public zones public outdoor river interactive community interactive community interactive artist gallery spaces public outdoor river interactive public entrance cool zones beneath the gallery subterraine sunny streets cooled by shade trees and umbrellas hot zone on bridge rivers edge cooled by umbrellas & shaded by bridge cool zone in river hot zone southern sun hot zones on building faces hot zones on building faces organically shaped elongated street edge texture and language of neighboring buildings social gathering shopping & dining along the ramblas canope of trees keep the scale at a human level umbrellas, arcades and trees keep the street ramblas cool iconic view of river from the bridge Design Goals: Interacts with the river by positioning the south section of the building in the river--as if the Gallery were touching its toe into the water--allowing the river to flow in, around, and through its base. Provides accessibility to the rivers fluctuating high and low tidal points. Engages in a dialog between the east and the west bank buildings. Provides physical and visual access to the River Onyar from the Rambla with an open arcade on the main level, ramping that leads down to the river, and stepping stones at the foundation level to activate the rivers edge. Provides place-making at Gironas heart and stitches together the east- ern and western portions of the city with indoor and outdoor public interactive space. Responds to the natural setting using a stone facade on the sunny south face to act as a heat sink, and provides a cool retreat from Gironas heat in the arcade and the grotto below the structure. Provides a sparkle that deserves the position at the head of the block, with tiny windows--like little sunlit portals-- carved into the south stone facade mirroring the mapping of Old Worlds courtyards scattered in random clus- ters throughout the city. These tiny windows allow slivers of sunlight to permeate the wall and reflect off the river below into the grotto, creating sparkle and providing the locals with a sense of long-term familiarity with a new structure.
  6. 6. PROGRAMATIC CONSIDERATIONS Subterrainian Outdoor Public AccessS lower level gallery Enclosed Space lower level plaza seating & promenade along river Main Floor office main level plaza seating & promenade stairs and ramp utilities second floor gallery and visiting artist exhibitions classrooms Second Floor Third Floor stairs elevator second floor rooftop courtyard garden third floor artist studios third floor rooftop courtyard garden fourth floor rooftop courtyard garden Fourth Floor stairs elevator artist residence systems 21% lobby 2% circulation 7% mach 3% storage 5% office 4% main level entrance gallery biological restrooms 5% kitchen 3% community education 10% Interactive event space 22% event space event space event space mach 3% storage 5% lobby restroomsrestroomsrestroomsrestrooms kitchenkitchen community gallery 20% lower level plaza seating & promenade along river main level plaza second floor rooftop courtyard garden fourth floor rooftop courtyard garden third floor rooftop courtyard garden three visiting artists working studios 5% residence 10% lower level gallery stairs and elevator event space mach 3% storage 5% restrooms kitchen lower level plaza seating & promenade along river stairs and elevator open courtyard lobby office main level entrance gallery event space restrooms classrooms main level plaza leading down to river stairs and elevator stairs and elevator open courtyard lobby restrooms second floor gallery and visiting artist exhibitions event space utilities stairs and elevator stairs and elevator second floor rooftop courtyard garden open courtyard lobby restrooms third floor artist studios kitchen stairs and elevator stairs and elevator third floor rooftop courtyard garden open courtyard lobby stairs and elevator fourth floor rooftop courtyard garden open courtyard lobby Subterrainian Main Floor Second Floor Third Floor Fourth Floor stairs and ramp stairs elevator artist residence stairs and elevator lower level gallery stairs and elevator event space mach 3% storage 5% restrooms kitchen lower level plaza seating & promenade along river stairs and elevator open courtyard lobby office main level entrance gallery event space restrooms classrooms main level plaza leading down to river stairs and elevator stairs and elevator open courtyard lobby restrooms second floor gallery and visiting artist exhibitions event space utilities stairs and elevator stairs and elevator second floor rooftop courtyard garden open courtyard lobby restrooms third floor artist studios kitchen stairs and elevator stairs and elevator third floor rooftop courtyard garden open courtyard lobby stairs and elevator fourth floor rooftop courtyard garden open courtyard lobby Subterrainian Main Floor Second Floor Third Floor Fourth Floor stairs and elevator artist residence lower level gallery stairs and elevator event space mach 3% storage 5% restrooms kitchen lower level plaza seating & promenade along river stairs and elevator open courtyard lobby office main level entrance gallery event space restrooms classrooms main level plaza leading down to river stairs and elevator stairs and elevator open courtyard lobby restrooms second floor gallery and visiting artist exhibitions event space utilities stairs and elevator stairs and elevator second floor rooftop courtyard garden open courtyard lobby restrooms third floor artist studios kitchen stairs and elevator stairs and elevator third floor rooftop courtyard garden open courtyard lobby stairs and elevator fourth floor rooftop courtyard garden open courtyard lobby Subterrainian Main Floor Second Floor Third Floor Fourth Floor stairs and elevator artist residence lower level gallery stairs and elevator event space mach 3% storage 5% restrooms kitchen lower level plaza seating & promenade along river stairs and elevator open courtyard

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