Tailoring pays off for KCAP

Wednesday 03 Mar 2010

Harbour masterplan design awarded over prestigious competitors

KCAP Architects&Planners has been chosen unanimously over prestigious architects Zaha Hadid, Richard Rogers, Dominique Perrault, Oriol Bohigas and others to win the masterplanning competition for the development of a 70 hectare site at the Bay of Pasaia, San Sebastián, Spain. Chosen from 47 architecture practices KCAP will transform the current harbour site into a vehicle for regeneration for the entire region.

“The project is tailor made to the local context, and it incorporates overarching ambitions like our integrated sustainability approach," said Jeroen Dirckx, project leader at KCAP. "The cooperation with local partners helped us to get a good understanding of the full complexity of the assignment."

The plan defines an archipelago of varied waterfront developments, setting broad conditions for local involvement of the different communities. The urban plan provides the local communities with space to grow and possibilities to extend their identity and exploit their diversity, based around public transport hubs.

The different character zones are unified by a public space network around the docks and along green boulevards. Within this structure, a sensitive network of public spaces is formed, allowing current and new inhabitants to enjoy the water for leisure and recreation. Around the bay, new landmark buildings such as a cultural centre and a maritime museum will become regional destinations. Clusters of new economic activities will generate new employment in a broad range of sectors.

The winning scheme was elaborated by KCAP in collaboration with sustainability advisors of ECOFYS and local consultants of LKS engineering and architect Ángel de la Hoz. The team will remain involved to elaborate and refine the concept. The final version of the masterplan will be revealed in October 2010. During the next weeks an exhibition will tour the local municipalities of the bay.

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