Situated in the heart of Merida, the central Square is a repository of shared urban consciousness. The unsurpassed historical and religious layering tying open public spaces in South-American cultures to their religious or symbolic counterparts has over time transformed squares from centrifugal religious prosceniums - serving either the pyramid or the cathedral, to centripetal civic altars, usually marked by a central statue.
The Parque Central in particular is one of the busiest extroverted spaces in an introverted city comprised mainly of blocks built to the street line, with secluded inner courtyards.
The goal of the project is to peel off multiple layers of public real and construct an inhabitable breathing landform that would intensify the public experience of Merida as well as offer extreme degrees of exposure or camouflage to the myriad activities furnishing such even spaces.
Status: School Project
Location: Mérida, MX
Additional Credits: David Adjaye - Adviser
Marc McQuade - Adviser
Jorge Pardo - Visiting Critic