Author: Dermot Horgan
Professors: Susanne Komossa- Sien Van Dam
Delft University of Technology
Initially informed through speculative themeathisation of the urban context and contextual mappings, the project Vertical Arcade proposes a new interpretation of the traditional ‘arcade’ of the horizontal route to an element of vertical route, wrapping courts of greatly lacking public space and functions associated with the activities of theatre, train station and Market. The project proposes a ‘hub’ and associated activities as the first major point of entry to the city as a tourist from the Airport. Immediately on arrival the occupant is invited to explore the layers of civic space wrapped by the heavy base of the external arcade.
This new arcade attempts to connect North/ South and East/ West of the site and link into the existing network of the broader urban context of arcade routes. In order to allow for these connections, the existing rail lines of Na Florenci station are lowered under the ground informing a primary North/ South circulation route connecting the layers of arrival platform, market court, existing station as public space, arrival court, theatre, higher arcade retail and viewing platform.
Within this new urban block, the occupant is invited to explore the hierarchy of layers and their associated spaces from the initial datum of the existing street level. The weight of the proposed arcade ‘wrapping’ these public court spaces is expressed in its material composition as a method of emphasizing its public nature and connection to the underground activities whilst the higher layers of the arcade are expressed as a lighter framework for possible future expansion, this framework also acts as a connective framing device to the immediate and broader context. To elaborate on the emphasized material qualities of the project, a book of materials seen in the public spaces of prague and a series of studies relating to the best method in which to represent the layers of the project in a hierarchical manor was explored.