Puertochico Plaza & Market by GARCIAGERMAN Arquitectos

10/01/2017
Puertochico Plaza & Market by GARCIAGERMAN Arquitectos
[Santander, (Cantabria)] Spain
metalocus, CLAUDIA CENDOYA
Puertochico Plaza & Market by GARCIAGERMAN Arquitectos. Photograph © Imagen Subliminal
The Puertochico Plaza enjoys a privileged position in the city of Santander (Cantabria, Spain). Slightly elevated, with direct connection to the seawalk while set in the urban center of the city. This allows a high urban activity in the area, thanks to the passage of citizens and tourists. The Puertochico Plaza enjoys a privileged position in the city of Santander (Cantabria, Spain). Slightly elevated, with direct connection to the seawalk while set in the urban center of the city. This allows a high urban activity in the area, thanks to the passage of citizens and tourists.
The project of GARCIAGERMAN Arquitectos, with a post-modernist vision, is included in a larger renovation plan of the Puertochico Market, having the practice renewed the square that serves as both roof and access to the market. With an intervention marked by few elements, the habitability of the space, once again accessible to the people, is achieved.

The added elements have been the pavement, the vegetation and the urban furniture, arranged in such a way that they contribute to create an own and clear identity to the space. The geometric pavement gives a certain volumetric quality to the square, nuanced by the colorful bands of vegetation. Long benches close the perimeter.
 

Description of the project by GARCIAGERMAN Arquitectos

The plaza, a former elevated leftover space on top of Puertochico Market, and until now segregated from city life, is reconnected to the neighborhood through the construction of a broad flight of steps that also act as an urban grandstand, facing the afternoon sun and the bus...read more

GARCÍA GERMÁN

Jacobo García-Germán (1974) is an architect by the Madrid Polytechnic (ETSAM), M.Arch. by the Architectural Association, and PhD European Doctor (cum laude, ETSAM 2010). After collaborating with Rafael Moneo (1998-2001), he established GARCIAGERMAN ARQUITECTOS in 2003.

Since 2005 he is a teacher in the Ma...read more