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Urdanibia Square / SCOB

  • 15:00 - 20 March, 2017
Urdanibia Square / SCOB
Urdanibia Square / SCOB, © Adrià Goula
© Adrià Goula

© Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula +25

  • Architects

  • Location

    Irun, Gipuzkoa, Spain
  • Architect in Charge

    Sergi Carulla Altadill , Oscar Blasco Lázaro
  • Area

    3820.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

    Adrià Goula, Courtesy of SCOB , Fernando de la Hera
  • Collaborators

    Conchita Ruiz, Kyriaki Ilousi, Gerard Yubero, Sergio Sanna
  • Installations

    Oscar Cabrera
  • More SpecsLess Specs
© Adrià Goula
© Adrià Goula

From the architect. The redevelopment of Irun's old town square

Urdanibia Square is a public area at the heart of Irun’s old town, where the main public events of the city take place, such as the weekly market, the patron saint festivities, craft fairs, concerts, etc. Before this area was redeveloped, the space destined to these activities was limited to the interior of the first boulevard. The rest of the public space was occupied by roads, parking lots and fenced areas.

© Adrià Goula
© Adrià Goula
Floor Plan
Floor Plan
© Adrià Goula
© Adrià Goula

The Project reclaims this great central empty space, while establishing close bonds with the existing urban elements and their history, with an emphasis on the great dimensions of the area, which were highly fragmented in the past. It also represents a big opportunity for the economic and social development of the neighborhood and the city itself.

© Adrià Goula
© Adrià Goula

New connectivities

The square becomes a central connectivity point for pedestrians, vegetation and other urban structures, previously isolated, and encourages more fluid communication flows, both pedestrian and ecological.

Site Plan
Site Plan

Sustainable mobility

Movements of private vehicles are diverted and the traffic is limited to internal transit, prioritizing pedestrians and allowing public transport to have a more fluid flow on its route to the centre. With this in mind, we blur the vehicle’s circuit through the use of a single platform section and the pavement layout.

© Fernando de la Hera
© Fernando de la Hera

Vegetation

The general criteria for the vegetation’s proposal place emphasis on the project as a whole, rather than an isolated unit, thus contributing to the ecological and environmental processes and it seasonal dynamics. The tree vegetation runs from one end of the square to the other end, creating new resting areas and alternative movements, away from traffic

© Adrià Goula
© Adrià Goula

The banks of shrubs situated within the open space of the square are laid out in such a way that the interior landscape connects with the nearby agricultural space background, comprised of big forest glades as well as dense forests.

Cortesía de SCOB
Cortesía de SCOB
Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite: "Urdanibia Square / SCOB" [ Plaza Urdanibia / SCOB] 20 Mar 2017. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/805953/urdanibia-square-scob/>
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