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Plaza de España in Santo Domingo · Infrastructure, Institutional, Urban · Dominican Republic

Reclaiming the Continuity of the City

The Plaza de España is a large public square in Santo Domingo created just inside one of the principal entrances to the Colonial City.

 

We have to imagine this space in the past surrounded by a lively city, characterized mainly by its marketplace. Once this marketplace was transformed into a square, the citadel of Don Diego de Colón began to function as the main architectural element, inasmuch as the perimeter enclosing it unified the different activities.

The aim of our proposal is to reclaim the continuity that once existed between the gate of Don Diego and the city within the walls, reinforcing the monumental quality of the gate by providing accessibility and better equipment.

The new configuration of the square allows for different events and proposes stage configurations. The green spaces have been reinforced throughout the intervention, creating shadows and microclimates with vegetation.

The Plaza de España is a place where children can play, adults enjoy music, tourists experience the city, and readers find a quiet place and history lovers find interest; a square for everyone that preserves the vibrant city’s history and make social mixing.

 

In this project of planning and architecture the studio Moneo Brock has associated with Rafael Moneo Architect and Harari Landscape Architecture.

KEY INFO

ARCHITECTS
Moneo Brock, Rafael Moneo

ARCHITECTS TEAM
Irene Alberdi, Pedro Arnanz, Adrián Martínez

MODEL
Métrica Mínima

3D MODEL
Adrián Martínez

LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT
Harari Landscape Architecture

PLANS AND DRAWINGS