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3APP1027

3APP - 1027
Universidad Politécnica de Madrid / es Spain
1 members
José Bordallo Cardona

Project type:
Cultural Y Espectáculos

Syracuse (Sicily) has experienced an important urban development throughout the 20th century, marking a ten-fold increase from the area built at the beginning of the century, which was limited mainly to the Ortgia island. Nowadays, the modern city extends up to the limits of the Neapolis Archaeological Park where the building is located.

Today, the Neapolis is one of the main cultural attractions of this island, preserved by the fact that it is recognized as a world heritage site. Despite this, the archaeological park presents many physical barriers and it is divided in three isolated areas by fast access infrastructures to the city. Roads and railways prevent pedestrians to walk from one area to another.

On the contrary to what happens in the Ortigia, the most valuable urban area of Syracuse, this part of the city is closed to the sea by many obstacles. This area lacks of order, with many elements lying around without any typological or functional limits. We could say then, that the relation between the city and the bay is blocked.

The extension of the project goes further than just the treatment of the archaeological areas, as the problems that affect them are mainly urban. It becomes necessary to make the project go over to a stronger architectural scale defining new clear urban spaces and elements that connect the different areas.

The project, which regenerates the spaces between the compact urban fabric of the sprawl and the new building, intends to be a new urban façade toward the ruins, unifying the disparity of buildings heights located in this part of the city. The archaeological corridor will be the new path to access and visit the ruins as the same time that serves to display the archaeological pieces found in the Neapolis. It also happens that the current path to visit the ruins will be halved by this new archaeological corridor.

Large pre-stressed concrete beams resting on pillars composed the infrastructure. This fact preserves the ruins and its connection with the city. The archaeological corridor is formed by a succession of free access exhibition spaces connected by walkways. The main access is located in the northern archaeological area in the height of 16.5m above sea level, which remains constant throughout its development as if it was a roman aqueduct. Furthermore, stairs and vertical cores of reinforced concrete are planned along the structure in order to connect this new long public space with the different archaeological areas and the city.

The project intends to be a new infrastructure useful for visitors and tourists who come to the see the archaeological ruins but it is mainly designed for all citizens, regenerating and incorporating the Neapolis into the contemporary city.

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