- Jose Ibarra, B.Arch. 2016
- Hometown Caracas, Venezuela
- Class ARCH 2101 Design III (Second-Year Studio)
- Instructor Associate Professor Andrea Simitch
Para(site) becomes an organism in the city, which proposes a new way of circulation, which would at a small scale connect the Plaza de España with the Temple of Diana, and the Forum. At a larger scale, it would include all the monuments and ruins in the city of Mérida, intersecting the existing city grid and roads, and form a new means of experiencing the site.
This urban athletic facility manages to preserve existing edge/street conditions, and opens up room for permeability between those and current city fabrics. The interior experience becomes one of being backdrops to the temple, while also to interact with the old and new, the existing and the additions, creating courtyards and interstitial spaces, making a solid block porous and bleeding out program onto existing buildings in the site.