Concurso: Parque de la Villette, Paris.
Autor: Rem Koolhaas
The program by the city of Paris was too large for the site, leaving no space for a park. The proposed project is not for a definitive park, but for a method that - combining programmatic instability with architectural specificity - will eventually generate a park.
The idea comprises 5 steps:
1. The major programmatic components are distributed in horizontal bands across the site, creating a continuous atmosphere in its length and perpendicular, rapid change in experience.
2. Some facilities - kiosks, playgrounds, barbecue spots are distributed mathematically according to different point grids.
3. The addition of a "round forest” as architectural elements.
In the second phase, the nature element was elaborated in the form of a series of "wings”, that created - as in a theater - the illusion of a park without consuming the territory that was needed for the overabundance of activities.