Gutiérrez-De La Fuente

Wasteland regeneration in Ibbenbüren, Germany

Date:   2009
Status:   AIA NY International Open Competition
Category:   Conversion, Landscape, Culture
Tags:   AIA ENYA Bridge Competition New York, Cultural Infrastructure, Infrastructure Conversion



Client: ENYA Emerging New York Architects Committee, AIA New York Chapter
Location: High Bridge between Manhattan and Bronx (former Croton Aqueduct), New York. USA
Program: Museum, Creative Art Centre, leisure & public space
Bridge Area: 700,00 m2
Built Area: 1.400,00 m2
Budget: 2.100.000,00€
Architecture: Gutiérrez-delaFuente Arquitectos


Infrastructure conversion: the conversion of the former Croton Aqueduct is an initiative of the Emerging New York Architects Committee (ENYA), AIA New York Chapter. The High Bridge: Bronx, Building Cultural Infrastructure competition (HB:BX) goal is to design an arts center that culturally reinforced the physical connection between the Manhattan and Bronx High Bridge communities of New York City.
Information instead of water: the infrastructure of the old Croton aqueduct is subverted, where originally water was transported, nowadays information is transmitted. The condition of the bridge as an urban interface is resolved with an urban screen which is able to show to the urban audience the works of the resident artists in live. It advertises future events, shows the artists unite blog and provides a budget for the cultural infrastructure due to a patronage model. The program is spread along the bridge, making possible a step-by-step implementation and ensuring the economic and social viability.