Engineering News-Record Award 2015 – First prize in Roads/Highways
Cemex XXIII prize 2014 – Infrastructure and Urbanism
Panama City requires an important amount of public space to keep up with the extraordinary real estate development and to complement the new installations that will transform it into an international centre for conventions, business and tourism. Our studio has designed and built a linear park of almost half a million square metres that accompanies the motorway called “Coastal Belt” runing along the shoreline of the city centre. The parks have to integrate, hide and silence the trafficways in order to give all the protagonism to the public equipment: Sports facilities, cultural installations, assistance and a series of spaces for leisure and rest like beaches, esplanades, solarium, open air stages and picnic areas amongst others. The project includes pedestrian walkways, restaurants, small piers and pergolas especially designed for this occasion. The project has a double responsibility, social and patrimonial. On one hand it has to upgrade the neglected neighbourhoods it serves and on the other validate the architectonical and cultural legacy declared World Heritage by the UNESCO.
Gobierno of Panamá – MOP INAC
ODEBRECHT, project contractor
ARCHITECTURE, URBAN DESIGN:
María Franco, Víctor Lacima, Beatriz Salinas, Ramón Bermúdez, Abraham Piñate, Raúl García, Lucía Acedo, Blanca Sánchez-Balgoma, María Rius, María Posada, Eric Lilhanand, Andreas Kalstveit, Mikel Martinez
Louis Berger Group, INC.
especies vegetales: Rubens Aguiar
impact on heritage: María Isabel Peña
anthropology: Daniel Gross
historian: Alfredo Castillero
archelology: Carlos Fitzgerald
sociology: Paulo Ormindo
museografía: María Ignez Mantovani Franco
conceptualizacion and graphic design: Norberto Chaves & Joaquín Gallego