TERUEL-ZILLA

Teruel / Spain / 2011

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In 1987 the remains of "Aragosaurus ischiaticus" were dug up and catalogued by a group of researchers consisting of Sanz, Buscalioni, Casanovas and Santafé at the town of Galve, in the province of Teruel. It was the first dinosaur to be found at the Iberian Peninsula. Teruel's underground, turned into a tourist appeal by thematic parks such as Dinópolis, is full of discoveries that remind us the lost existence of a powerful life in the origins of the province. It's not surprising then that we have to return to its deepness to try to reactivate it. Facing the existence of an obsolete and underused market building occupying most of the meagre public space of the nearly nonexistent Domingo Gascon Square (even if provided with a commemorative statue), the decision taken is that of demolishing this old structure (a very inflexible and exclusive typology) and introducing a huge volume of youth leisure activities on the underground, to revitalize and to foster Teruel's activity, while the old public square existing before the market building was constructed is regained. The public space and leisure centre project takes the expression of a buried Godzilla (fictitious Japanese monster appearing as a mutant dinosaur): a telluric element of contemporary and pop expression. This big buried volume pushes away the earth's surface cracking it to produce a new urban topography. Embedding and camouflage strategies (already in use by the monster when trying to hide its bigness concerning the reality surrounding it) allow the creation of a large public facility (interior and exterior) without disrupting existing urban fabric on the old city center. Visitors will, by means of this operation, take up this surface turned into a public square, and they will go moving down in between the stratums, being entertained by meeting activities, fun and sports. These new activities and their contemporary expression, prove new ways of dialogue with historical city areas, especially in a city as Teruel where history has taken up such an important place. It is the discovery of these new possibilities of expression and in a daring appropriation of them, where potential opportunities for the surviving of these patrimony are lying. This experimental typology is an investigation that pushes the boundaries of structural means and technical regulations to explore architectural prototypes that may be able to generate some new ways in achieving densification, setting an scenario of public enhancement and optimism in order to accomplish citizenship empowering, historical urban fabric revitalization and intensification of city life. [Esp] En 1987, en la población de Galve, provincia de Teruel, el grupo de investigación formado por Sanz, Buscalioni, Casanovas y Santafé desenterraron y catalogaron los restos del "Aragosaurus ischiaticus", el primer dinosaurio descubierto en la península ibérica. El subsuelo de Teruel, convertido en reclamo turístico por parques temáticos como Dinópolis, está por lo tanto cargado de hallazgos que recuerdan la existencia de una agitada vida en los orígenes de la provincia, por lo que no resulta sorprendente que se vuelva a sus profundidades para intentar reactivarla. Ante la existencia del mercado obsoleto y casi abandonado que ocupaba la antes casi inexistente plaza de Domingo Gascón (eso sí, con estatua conmemorativa), se decide demoler la antigua estructura (tipológicamente excluyente a nuevos usos) e introducir bajo tierra un gran volumen de actividades de ocio joven, que dinamice y potencie la actividad de Teruel, a la vez que recupera lo que anteriormente al mercado fue una gran plaza pública. El proyecto de espacio público y centro de ocio adquiere la expresión de un Godzilla (monstruo ficticio japonés con forma de dinosaurio mutante) enterrado: un poderoso elemento telúrico de expresión contemporánea y pop. El gran volumen enterrado empuja la superficie de la tierra fragmentándola, produciendo de esta manera una nueva topografía urbana. Las estrategias de enterramiento y camuflaje (que ya el monstruo utilizaba para disimular la diferencia de escala con su realidad circundante) permiten generar un gran equipamiento público (interior y exterior) sin dislocar el tejido urbano del casco histórico de la ciudad en que se inserta. De esta manera, los visitantes ocuparán su superficie, convertida en plaza pública, y descenderán entre los estratos, entretenidos con actividades de encuentro, deporte y diversión. El nuevo programa y su manifestación contemporánea evidencian nuevas formas de dialogo urbano, especialmente en una ciudad donde la historia ha ocupado un espacio tan importante. En el descubrimiento de nuevas posibilidades de expresión y en su atrevida apropiación es donde entendemos que reside su potencial de supervivencia. Este experimento tipológico investiga en los límites de las posibilidades estructurales y de las normativas técnicas para explorar prototipos arquitectónicos que generen nuevas maneras de densificar la ciudad, donde la puesta en valor de lo público se alinee con el optimismo, el empoderamiento ciudadano, la revitalización de tejidos históricos y la intensidad de la vida urbana.
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    In 1987 the remains of "Aragosaurus ischiaticus" were dug up and catalogued by a group of researchers consisting of Sanz, Buscalioni, Casanovas and Santafé at the town of Galve, in the province of Teruel. It was the first dinosaur to be found at the Iberian Peninsula. Teruel's underground, turned into a tourist appeal by thematic parks such as Dinópolis, is full of discoveries that remind us the lost existence of a powerful life in the origins of the province. It's not surprising then that we...

    Project details
    • Year 2011
    • Work finished in 2011
    • Client Urban Teruel. Ayuntamiento de Teruel
    • Contractor Fomento de Construcciones y Contratas (F.C.C.)
    • Cost 7.574.459
    • Status Completed works
    • Type Public Squares
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