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Elevated Bridge

Summer 2016
Madrid, Spain

Professor: Miguel Guitart

This comprehensive studio project has taken its place in Madrid, Spain, with an objective of designing a new cultural campus, a public, institutional campus
for both local and international students. The assigned site, Paseo Juan XXIII, is located at the upper region of Madrid, where most of the institutional campuses
are located at. With its west side facing the countryside of Madrid, east side facing downtown, as well as the drastic change of topography, the site is infused
with many possibilities in creating a symbolic campus that is able to connect itself with the city of Madrid.

Since the objective is to create a cultural campus, the main idea is, of course, to design a campus that is focused on delivering diverse interactions for both
public and private spaces, and furthermore creating a direct dialog with the city as a whole. This then leads to the concept of an elevated bridge across the
campus that is framing the city as well as the campus itself. Through the designated interactive space within the bridge, and the open views to the city
from all directions, both the international and local students are able to connect with one another and fully embrace themselves to the city; in addition, the
spaces freed up underneath the bridge also provides a public plaza opened to the neighbors, welcoming public interactions.

Through a series of studies and proposals, a bridge design is then elevated above the ground, connecting the fifth and sixth level of the studio building to the
dormitories building. Since this interactive bridge is designated primarily to the students, It is assigned to be the library space, providing a broad range of uses
from independent to group studies, reading areas and café. As a library, the bridge is also able to slow down the circulation from the school to the dorms,
allowing the students to take the time to appreciate the view and furthermore filtering down the noise.

Another important factor while considering the design of the bridge is the sun light, since it is vital throughout most of the year in Spain. Both the
deconstructionism structure and expressive façade panels ensures ample shadings for the library space, and the bridge as a whole also solves the need of
shaded areas for the plaza happening beneath it.