ARCHIPELAGO

Programme: Inner Harbour Masterplan Strategy
Client: Escola da Cidade, Postgrade "Geography, City and Architecture"
Team: Damiana Bastos, Marilia Jahnel, Laurent Troost
Orientation: Antonio Carlos Barossi, Otávio Leonidio, Alvaro Puntoni, André Vainer, Fernando Viégas
Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Status: Research 2010

Beauty can be seen in conjunction and complexity. The roughness of how the elevated highway used to cross the public market when it got first built has something that triggers indeniable shock but might enlight the interest in density of functions. Based on that thought, this utopian proposal bets on a densification of the city’s edge at sea while offering public space on artificial islands in the Bay as pure artefacts.

Rio de Janeiro has a deep tradition of nature manipulation : destruction of several hills downtown (including the famous Morro do Castelo, one of the main hill to be destroyed by firehose kind-a-like system), creation of the Flamengo Park on an infill, mutation of the Sugar Loaf silhouette with its cablecar, creation of an airport on the sea connecting existing islands, the indissociable shape of the Corcovado and Cristo Redentor… Where does artificial starts and where does nature starts ? It might sound as a paradox but Rio de Janeiro is probably the most perfect place where to propose the most artificial nature while being supercontextual and respectfull of traditions.

In order to diversify the uses of public space and promoting population density in the area of the perimeter, the proposal seeks to establish the relationship between land and sea, while creating public spaces throughout the project. Furthermore, the recreated waterchannels, which invade the center of the metropolis, reveal the forgotten side of the city center and restore the relationship of the city with the sea.