Associated ArchitectAlin V. Wallach
Exterior Area624 sqm
Text description provided by the architects. COURT is the public space rehabilitation of a public housing unit with more than 8000 dwellings located in the suburbs of the Veracruz port. The unit counts with several open areas, never thought as public spaces, which became residual.
One of those areas had an asphalt court that remained underused for lack of shade and protection from sun, rain and heat. The goal was to create an inhabitable area to reactivate the court and its surroundings.
More than a roof
The lack of urban amenities gave this roof an extended function to its initial use and became a multipurpose portico-style cover. The program, inserted between the columns, includes balconies, playgrounds, reading room, activity rooms, bathrooms and furniture like stands, hammocks and swings that give alternative uses to the structure. We also integrated an outdoor fitness area, a forum and urban furniture that allows round-the-clock use of the space. The incorporation of local vegetation recovers shade as an essential element of public spaces in hot weather.
The result is a structural replicable model that responds to sports-use but also to recreational, educational, religious and contemplative uses. The court becomes a meeting point for neighbors that works as a community center housing multiple activities.