Kaukari Urban Park / Teodoro Fernández Arquitectos

Kaukari Urban Park / Teodoro Fernández Arquitectos

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  • Collaborators

    Benjamín López Vera, Claudio Torres Salazar, Miguel Ángel Reyes Benz
  • Resident Architect

    Julián Herrera López
  • Hydraulic Engineering

    Bonifacio Fernández Larrañaga, Domenico Sciolla P.
  • Urban Advisor

    Luis Eduardo Bresciani Lecanellier
  • Road and Paving

    Ingeniería y Construcción RyH Ltda., Hector Gutierrez Ibarra
  • Lighting

    Limarí Lighting Design, Pascal Chautard
  • Structural Engineering

    Antonio Ramírez Urra
  • Electrical

    Riavsa, Cristián Nettle M.
  • Signage

    Sergio Ramírez Flores
  • Typography

    Relatop Servicios Topográficos
  • Soil Mechanics

    Ruz Vukasovic y Compañía Ltda.
  • Basin Management

    Carlos Vergara Parra
  • Plumbing

    Patricio Moya L.
  • Plumbing Network Extension

    Alfredo Villalobos V.
  • Water Availability Study

    Humberto Acuña de la Jara
  • Agronomist

    Ximena Nasal Manzur
  • Citizen Participation

    Patricia Ramírez Lazo
  • Project Evaluation

    Cristóbal Zolezzi Iturra
  • Rating Study

    Joel Moya Morales
  • DOH

    Romina Aranda M.
  • Dimensioning

    Gabriel Pantoja Arratia
  • Videos and Models

    Fósforo Digital Lab, Hugo Sepúlveda
  • First Stage Budget

    3 UF X m2
  • First Stage Built Surface

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Text description provided by the architects. The urbanization of the city of Copiapó south of its river, left behind a void of more than 200 hectares corresponding to the river and its undeveloped terraces. This void, which has a privileged and central location has now become a physical limit for the city and over the years has suffered a sharp deterioration mainly characterized by aggregate extraction, the deposit of debris, placement of mining waste, and the absence of the flow of water for a few years.

© Rodrigo Opazo
© Rodrigo Opazo

The main purpose of Kaukari Urban Park is to develop the channel of the Copiapó River as an accessible urban green space, capable of articulating both banks providing a scenic and hydraulic solution simultaneously.

Main Plan
Main Plan

General Plan Section 2 Section 3 Vista Vuelo de Pájaro 2 + 36

In this sense, the project for Kaukari Urban Park has various specific aims in urban, architectural, and landscape terms.

First, the Kaukari Urban Park consists of the design of a unitary park through the management and collaboration of various public institutions.

© Rodrigo Opazo
© Rodrigo Opazo

In urban terms we design the boundaries of the park, materialized through a road layout that conforms an urban suture to the city of Copiapó, which is today divided into both banks.

The hydraulic criterion consists of is re-naturalizing the Copiapó riverbed considering a profiling of the river that contributes to the effective control of floods, thus allowing a secure access for the people.

Section 2
Section 2
Corte Detallado
Corte Detallado

The architectural project proposes a multi programmatic public and green area capable of accommodating the different activities of citizens with a sense of security, thus making the Kaukari Urban Park a unique civic, cultural, recreational, scenic and sports space for Copiapo.

© Rodrigo Opazo
© Rodrigo Opazo
Vista Vuelo de Pájaro 1
Vista Vuelo de Pájaro 1

The general structure of the design of the park assigns different intentions for each bank along its length. To the north a set of interlocking geometric straight promenades, linked to the urban, and to the south bank a more undulating and organic situation. Moreover, in the areas closest to Route 5 and the downtown, more urban and civic programs are concentrated, and to El Pretil and Estadio Avenue are the sports and recreational centers.

© Rodrigo Opazo
© Rodrigo Opazo

Finally, Kaukari Urban Park generates the design in the area in terms of material, landscape and ecological terms with the inclusion of endemic flora and fauna, and materials that are compatible with the city and its history. We propose some imitation of the natural identity of the landscape in terms of its flora, fauna and local hydrology. In terms of construction, we recognize a material identity of the city linked to its railway and mining past which is revealed in the tectonics of the park.

© Rodrigo Opazo
© Rodrigo Opazo

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Project location

Address: Copiapó, Copiapó, Atacama Region, Chile

Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address.
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Cite: "Kaukari Urban Park / Teodoro Fernández Arquitectos" [Parque Urbano Kaukari / Teodoro Fernández Arquitectos] 13 May 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884
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