World-renowned Mexican architect, Fernando Romero, has recently unveiled plans to transfigure Avenida Chapultepec region (of Mexico City) into a scenic public park, complete with cafes, plazas, a raised tree-lined promenade and several stunning water features. The project, undertaken by Romero’s firm FR-EE in collaboration with FRENTE arquitectura and RVDG arquitectura + urbanismo, aims at revamping the area surrounding the Chapultepec Park and Avenue. Once complete, the project could help reinvigorate the local economy, while also providing a relaxing public space for the pedestrians.
The plan, known as Cultural Corridor Chapultepec, envisions a beautifully-designed, spacious landscape that makes sufficient room for cyclists, pedestrians, shoppers as well as cars and buses. In this design, cars, and other vehicles, are relegated to both sides of the road, leaving enough open space, at the center, for shops, plazas, cafes and even an elevated promenade. Speaking about the project, Juan Pablo Maza, of FRENTE, said:
This project will organize the surroundings, will double the green areas, will enhance connectivity and will celebrate the cultural diversity of the city. We are taking advantage of the space above the street to create an elevated park and generate a new quality public space for meeting people.
Although currently a bustling hub of business and commercial activities, Avenida Chapultepec is also known for its a rich history, dating back to the 16th century. It was once a major connecting link between the city and the abode of the Aztec emperors. Stretching over 1.3 km (nearly 0.8 miles) between the park and the roundabout at Glorieta de los Insurgentes, the walkway’s new design will highlight the city’s history as well as its present urban character. Ruysdael Vivanco de Gyves, of RVDG, said:
We want the Cultural Corridor Chapultepec to celebrate the social call of public space as a generator of urban life by means of creating a new, exciting, active and multicultural destination.
In addition to new bus lanes, the proposal includes plans for separate pathways for skaters, cyclists, strollers and wheelchairs. The developers have also made provisions for sheltered terraces and a variety of enchanting water features. According to the team, different parts of the park will be distinguished using unique color coding.
To know more about FR-EE and its projects, visit the firm’s official website.