Studio Class at AA School of Architecture
Studio Class at AA School of Architecture

URBAN CONNECTOR

This project was developed by Roger Peicho as a student from FAU UFRJ and was submited to the WAS awards 2017 under the Facilities category.

The urban connector, undergraduate’s final project, is part of an urban intervention in Nilópolis, a pungent city in the geometrical axis of the extensive Rio de Janeiro metropolis. The project questions the barriers that segregates spaces and people, cuts through the city, materialized by the high walls which separates the train domains from the streets, causing economical disparity from one side to another. The design emphasizes the importance programatic multiplicity in order to stimulate urban vitality.

The project takes advantage of the geographical localization and the possible transport mobility via the train as a mass transport, creating a megaestructure that merges the metropolitan and urban scales, connecting both sides of the city, creating a new hub, linking open spaces by a bridge building.

The object sets itself on the limit, as a political gesture, a complex structure that walks over both sides, above the train walls, creating a new urban floor, reorganizing the city fabric and connecting the both sides once again. An abiguos object, a conjunction of architecture, infraestructure and a urban territory, an fluid object, diverse and expandable, allowing itself to change and be compatible with the development of the metropolis.

Opposing the urban monofunctionality and utilizing the new infraestrutucture, the urban connector promotes an important diversity of uses for the city: culture, housing, facilities, transports, education and leisure, materialized by floating boxes inside the structure, enabling the continuance in the new platform. The walls itselves creates a new layer of façades, inhabited by stores that dinamizes the larger sidewalks.