Malaga City Campus

Málaga, Spain, 2017 - ongoing

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The project for the new boulevard Louis Pasteur gathers and extends the strategic planning developed by the University of Malaga, regarding: Resources Management, Nature, Health and Wellbeing, Innovation and Education, Mobility and ICTs.

The solution foresees the transformation of the Boulevard, from a residual and underutilized space to the main public space of the Campus thanks to the new spatial characteristics, an improvement of the climatic comfort, the insertion of open-air classrooms and other small infrastructures that articulate different programs, creating a common identity and connectivity across the whole area of intervention and its different parts.

The proposed design has the dual objective of creating a public university space, now non-existent, as well as offering a new infrastructure to the city. It will therefore be a unique element, capable of capturing situations from everyday university life, allowing them to develop in the public space and, at the same time, create a series of spaces that can be enjoyed by all citizens.

The area to be first implemented reveals a scheme that will later be extended to the rest of the campus, articulated in three main systems: the Hubs, the large green areas and the linear boulevard that connects both.

Climatic and Digital Hub
This is the landmark space and main attraction point, both at the scale of the boulevard and at the metropolitan scale. It has a privileged access located in front of the metro station, offering an iconic image, technological interactivity and cultural programming.

Green spaces: Olive grove, the Terraces and West Plot
The green areas of the project combine a very diverse natural environment with academic, social and cultural programs. In this section, the project places value on an existing olive grove, a very peculiar natural area with its own identity, turning it into the open-air Library thanks to the presence of the old olive trees that generate a quiet environment favoring reading and seating. This area connects with the boulevard through the Terraces, and with the city through the West Plot, which works as a transition piece offering areas of activity and meeting.

Boulevard
It is the linear space of connection that welcomes the characteristic elements such as the Open Classrooms and the Meeting Spaces. It constitutes the element of longitudinal connection within the campus. It connects the consolidated areas with the new pole, generating a well-recognized and easily regulated landscape along the entire route. It is characterized by the repetition -with variations- of didactic, informative, study, work and leisure spaces integrated in a more controlled and urban nature.

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