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RAHOVEC SQUARE

Rahovec, XK_2020

RAHOVEC SQUARE

Location: Rahovec (XK)

Urban and Landscape Design

AOUMM – Argot ou La Maison Mobile

Design Team

Luca Astorri
Riccardo Balzarotti
Rossella Locatelli
Matteo Umberto Poli
Micaela Ortega
Dafne Vicario
Rafael Gridelli
Dinh Huyn Cong
Zofia Kasińska

and AOUMM Pristhina

Bardha Meta
Urta Halili
Kastriot Mavraj

The proposal developed by the office for the new Rahovec Center Square Competition conceive the main square site as the center stage of the natural auditorium; it takes shape by modifying its topography: instead of a flat terrain, we invert the elevation of the mountains inside the site itself. Topography becomes part of the square’s new landscape and recreational spaces, lifting users in different points of views, and highlighting further the importance of levels; a dominant aspect in Rahovec’s morphology. By adding a see-through metallic modular mesh over the natural landscape, we create a walkable center square that seeks to preserve the natural environment underneath: an ecosystem that creates an unheard possibility of cohabitation between humans and plants. This gives the opportunity to radically answer the flood problem: instead of fighting the flood, we embrace it and welcome it inside our design area. The site is treated as a natural sponge for the floods, where the two underground river streams will be uncovered and invited to be a part of the landscape and newly inserted topography.