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Squares In Puigcerdà / Pepe Gascón

  • Architects: Pepe Gascón
  • Location: Girona, Spain
  • Architects: Pepe Gascón
  • Construction: Flotats, S.A.
  • Developer: Ajuntament de Puigcerdà
  • Area: 6000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2009
  • Photographs: Eugeni Pons

© Eugeni Pons © Eugeni Pons © Eugeni Pons © Eugeni Pons

From the architect. Remodelling of the most central and relevant public space in Puigcerdà, originally very much deteriorated, with an excessive amount of traffic that diminished the civic and integrating potential of the space.

© Eugeni Pons
© Eugeni Pons

Traffic is eliminated, concentrating road and service communication on one side, freeing up a large central space. Two large linear flowerbeds protect the pacified area from the bustle of traffic working as filters between the two. A number of elements of street furniture simultaneously emphasise the physical and visual limit of the squares themselves.

© Eugeni Pons
© Eugeni Pons

The space, which is very irregular with a highly uneven perimeter, is geometrised and arranged using granite as the sole material for paving, as a support of the different uses and distinguishing the areas with different formats, weaving a tapestry of great expressiveness. The lighting and urban furniture elements are arranged in line with the directrices marked by this area. Now the squares are conceived as a space conducive to rest and encounters, that allows the surrounding architecture to be heard, the chorus of traditional buildings the squares have as a backdrop.

© Eugeni Pons
© Eugeni Pons
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