Valencia Central Park
Location: Valencia, Spain
Client: Consorcio Valencia Central Park
Date: 2011 Competition
Total Area: 230.000 m²
Partner in Charge: Alejandro Zaera-Polo
Project Architect: Pep Wennberg
Competition Team: Ravi Lopes Robert Berenguer, Daniel Spreier, David Prado, Daniel Prado, Diego Nebra and Manuel Távora
Landscape Architecture: Arquitectura/Agronomia, Teresa Gali, Jordi Nebot
365 parks in one.
We propose 365 surprising ways to interpret the unique and productive landscape of Valencia. Parks exist to be touched and lived. They should propose entertainment and quality of life. The central park of Valencia aims at being more than a beautiful garden. We envision it as the new cultural axis of the city and its thousands of citizens. A park that is alive, that communicates and that it updates itself in a daily basis through a dynamic web. A park that is the extension of the living room of the citizens of Valencia. An online park that involves people in the always changing routine of the park. A programmed park of intensive use and extensive maintenance. Alternated blooming, leaf falling off at maturity, irrigation, meadows of grass, shadows, harvesting and birds. Conditions that transform in time and react to the rhythm of the city. We propose a multi-sensorial park that is dynamic and in constant transformation. A park that is informed by and is part of the agricultural intelligence of the orchard.
A park for the urban era.
The project redefines the role of the changing public park in a moment when most of the world population is living in cities. Parks in this context can have a different function that they were originally designed for in the XIX century.
Nature as an urban happening.
The new function of the park in the city is that of an island in nature. Rich and in constant transformation. A park that is alive and with all the properties exposed in full intensity and integrated within an urban medium that is also dense, intense, informed and rich. A park of activities to expose an exuberant nature. Cities cannot lose the richness of natural systems and therefore we should integrate them as part of an ever more complex urban ecology. This is a park that is constantly being designed.