ELEGY FOR AN OFFICE PARK
In collaboration with LMNL and ISA.
A new way of working
The structural problems of the Brainpark site, expressed by recent and current vacancies, are rooted in a deeper issue: the incompatibility of office park typology with current working trends.
We believe that the answer to the aforementioned issues lies within the area’s tension between the necessity of providing an adaptable and flexible environment while being able to create an identity along with a sense of ownership and belonging for the inhabitants.
Current building stock of Brainpark is not adequate for future challenges due to its lack of diversification in terms of program, footprint, and total building size. The densification scheme makes full use of the guiding stripes principle, achieving diversification of footprint, without breaking the cohesion of the area.
The framework we propose accommodates four main types of uses on this site: workspace, housing, educational areas, and commercial space. The neutrally shaped buildings allow these different uses to be accommodated for and substituted to meet demands, hosting a variety of housing units, office floors, classrooms and auditoria. Moreover, the initial configurations are easy adjust over time.
The life of Brainpark will always be intermingled with the economy as well as the big infrastructural interventions on the city scale, like the new metro connection.
As the density of the area rises, the connections, landscape stripes, and confetti will be transformed and developed further, offering appropriate support for the built program. The confetti will initially be composed of temporary mobile structures and events which will be transformed into larger and more permanent attraction points. The association of stakeholders will continue to manage and maintain the landscape to assure its quality, integrity and diversity.