Dorcas Corchado

Dorcas Corchado

San Juan, PR, US



150,000 SF | $1,700,000.00


El Malecón de Patillas, is located in the Patillas Public Beach or balneario. As such, a paradox is present in this project: How do we create an urban boardwalk by the sea (pasive recreation), while preserving the beach for the proper activities of this active public recreational space? A second question was also evident from the start: How could we create a new sense of place in this areas already ocupied by buildings that were not allowed to be demolished, and where new construction of buidings was to be kept to a minimum?

We approached the problem by developing two main ideas:  a urban boardwalk running parallel to the beach front, but removed from the beach itself and a main plaza where the cultural and commercial activities would take place.

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Status: Built
Location: Patillas, PR, US
My Role: Assist principal and project architect with architectural design, as-builts, existing conditions analysis, all design and construction phases including meetings with clients, schematic, preliminary and construction phase drawings, and 3D models and render
Additional Credits: ESCALA • Corchado + Architects