Plaza de Armas Metro Station Constructing / Beals Lyon Arquitectos
Textual content description offered by the architects. The primary line of the Santiago Metro was inaugurated in 1975; since then, an additional 5 traces have been constructed inside a steady strategy of growth to hyperlink town middle with elements of town in any other case disconnected.
Chile is a rustic with excessive ranges of inequality, and Santiago is a segregated metropolis. As a public service, the metro system is prime in connecting segregated areas, bringing its a number of neighborhoods and inhabitants nearer to town middle. Regardless of the current social unrest, the place Metro was on the core of the battle because of the rise in the price of tickets, its infrastructure persists as a logo of social integration. The venture performs a job inside this bigger community, as an agent of social transformation, each bodily and symbolically.
With this venture, situated within the coronary heart of that middle, Metro implements a brand new city intervention technique, which proposes the development of buildings on prime of its stations. This shift seeks to guard the continuity of the city cloth, mitigate detrimental impacts and, lastly, assume the position of its infrastructure as a generator of public house, able to constantly integrating with the historic cloth and lifetime of town.
At road degree, the brand new city corridor that builds this station seeks to carry to the floor one thing of the environment of what occurs underground, and vice versa: a sort of synthetic grotto that serves as a threshold to the underground world. Two varieties of vaults of various widths type the construction that accommodates this cavernous void, which is constructed by combining and assembling smaller double-curved formwork modules.
The concrete base that accommodates the grotto is very large and resistant, in order that it might probably stand up to the depth and friction of town. The superior quantity, then again, is damaged down into extra delicate and slender items: a substructure of concrete columns and a double pores and skin of glass and alabaster that provides an opaque and stony look from the skin, however permits pure gentle to enter the free plan in all its perimeter.
At nightfall, the alabaster facades can be illuminated from inside. The quantity, beforehand opaque, is then remodeled right into a sort of city lamp, asserting with a dim and diffuse glow, the general public and open situation of the constructing.
This constructing is used every day by 1000’s of individuals to commute from the periphery, typically poorly built-in and with inadequate providers, to the historic centre. Once they disembark right here, this would be the first place from the place they are going to be capable of take part in public life within the metropolis and acknowledge a part of probably the most consultant icons of Santiago.