The territory of Las Palmas is threatened by severe environmental damage stemming from vast land-reclaiming, devoted to office buildings on the waterfront. At the other side of the conurbation, degraded residential peripheries are extending onto the natural features. The phased concentration of the urban requirements for the next twenty years has been planned on three vacant piers. At the extreme ends of the port, two pier sites serve as catalysts for the decking and redevelopment of Avenida Maritima. In phase 1, a mega-structure is planned which vertically stacks the multiple uses traditionally found within the urban fabric. The hybrid development is phased, allowing the structure to grow and transform as needs are created. In phase 2, another mega-structure is located at the opposite end of the port on the Naval Base pier. The structure evokes a squared exedra with a large open space that culminates the commercial activity extending from Avenida Mesa y Lopez. This structure includes a new mixed-use urban block typology as an alternative to the existing and highly problematic one. The levels of the block can be stacked to reach the height of a twenty-four floor tower. The varied base of the quadrilateral, combined with a row of towers, mediates the rapport between sea and city, with an articulated spatial system. The third development is planned to occupy the waterfront between the two previous pier structures. The old and new buildings are combined into a park and a six floor urban fabric based on the new block typology. Peter Rowe’s bright insights have accompanied the journey that leads from a vision to the plan for the construction of a city.
location: Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
feasibility study, 2000
floor area: 620.000 sqm
design: Roberto Pasini
advisor: Peter Rowe