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  • Combining contemporaneity with heritage

    Transporortation exchange systems are one of the programmes that most closely relates to the complexity of our constantly changing reallity.

    Our project aims to create a new perspective on this theme (programmatically and as a matter of language) while establishing as well an integrated relationship with a historical building (a typical XIX century train station).

    The main decision was to develop all the necessary functions of the exchange system and those specifically related to train and bus stations in a single articulated building.

    In order to increase the efficiency in the relationship between the mobility of people and different means of transportation, this project intends to introduce a reinterpretation of what we understand as the principle functions of the programme: a continuous one way circulation system is created, thus the bus should never go backwards (reducing times, and increasing security, this way the operational costs and insurance’s fares are decreased)

    The difference in height between the counters and bays is covered by an innovative system of mobile departure lounges, which we believe has the following advantages in comparison with traditional solutions:

    Instead of having chosen one or more elevators and stairs (where the public should cross the bays, which would increase the risk of accidents), or putting one stair or escalators per bay (which has the disadvantage of the area that it takes, plus it doesn’t solve the accessibility issue for people with reduced motor capacities); we decided to create a system of elevators that would contain the departure lounge and the deposit for packages and luggage.

    The passenger buys their ticket, checks-in the luggage and goes to the departure lounge, when it is time for departure; his/her relatives said goodbye while they stay in the fixed departure lounge. The passenger is arriving at the bus level, where hi is in comfort (with A/C) and in safe (it is impossible to access where the traffic is). Since the roof of the moving lounge is planted with plants and flowers, as the lounge descends to the bay level, the opening generated in the space where the lounge was is filled with a patio with natural elements, thus a hybrid landscape between natural and artificial, mobile and fix is created.

    TES has been widely published both in national and international media as the newspapers La Nación,  Clarín, Italian magazine l’Arca and the British book Making Cities Work


    client > Buenos Aires Province Government
    location >
     La Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina
    site area >
     72.000 m2 / 775.002 sqft
    built area >
     50.000 m2 / 538.196 sqft
    project > 
    construction >
    status > 
    project [national competition]

    authors > Oliverio Najmias & Luis Etchegorry
    collaborators > María Victoria Molina Chamadoira, Paola Schein, Sebastián Rodriguez Mamby, Germán Bustamante, Federico Garrido, Gabriel Quipildor
    assistants > María Guillermina Rolleri, Isabel Amiano, Andrés Anzaldo, Martín Branca, Pablo Farinola, Daniel Nazareno




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