Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, ES
Sirmione, a small peninsula on Garda Lake in northern Italy, is also renowned for its excellent geographical location in the country's largest lake and its history. Despite the vast majority of the mooring pontoons for vessels being in a neglected state, it has not slowed down tourism. Large groups of people come each year and because of this, it is now at the point of spell trouble because of its difficult access and its inability to meet the demands of the high population of visitors each year.
The analysis of the town started revealing that Sirmione has only one access point through its historic fortress for both pedestrians and vehicles causing management issues as there are vast numbers of tourists that have begun to use areas without proper access. There have been reports of dangerous and inappropriate swimming areas and there is also a disproportionate use of historic buildings that are available for touristic uses.
The proposal starts considering the recovery of the moorings as means of access by hosting most of the high rate of tourism which can help relieve pressure from the historic center, thus making the maritime access an alternative site development.
After determining the strategic points of the site to ensure that the inclusion of this proposal was not disconnected from the pre-existing paths flow, it was established that a proper site would be located in the northeast of the peninsula where at present there are two pontoons not being used. It was then decided to select this point, along with the addition of a third site (pontoon), as a midpoint in order to create a turning point in the paths of the visitors.
The strategy begins by aligning the three platforms, as well as giving them a volume not exceeding a floor height so the waterfront landscape component gets a main role. These volumes will serve not only to maritime access, but for the specific development of three different programs. The first of these is the Hotel, which generally has a high demand for tourism as it is often associated with sailing because its great lake offers prime conditions for training international teams in the off season. Our mission is to focus on creating special equipment which will allow the rooms to operate independently from the main structure. Since the lake has a previous historical tradition of being conquered through its fortress walls, colonization of the lake from now on will need to happen in order to release tension from that same area.
Full Project Info: http://www.jg-rd.com/12138/222462/work/puzzless
Status: Competition Entry
Location: Sirmione, IT
My Role: Design Architect