We preserved the Block’s historic configuration and we kept the size of the construction on the Block’s perimeter proportionate to the surrounding development. The architectural volumes of the terraced apart hotel and apartment block rise over the Block’s contoured inner space, offering a new interpretation of the traditional Mediterranean atrium composition. The historic facades are incorporated into the composition of the perimeter.
We believe that the ability to evolve functionally is the key to social sustainability of the Block – both in time and in the urban tissue. To ensure that, we created a flexible system of transformation that allows to vary functional elements and yet preserve the spatial integrity of the Block. The system is based on a spatial frame of pedestrian streets with functional units beaded onto it. The main level of the Main pedestrian street is allocated to retail trade and open-air coffee shops and is connected to the inner courtyard where the Visual Arts Centre and Badel Block History Museum (former yeast factory) are located. We tried to involve the Block’s inner space into the social life of the city and thus transform Badel into a “culture and leisure block” which is to become a popular site in the city.
“The green amphitheatre” is an important environmental element of the project which enhances its attractiveness. Combined with the garden on the roof of the market and the park, it will help to shift the green balance in this segment of the city centre.
We marked out very distinctly the blocks of the hotel, the apart hotel and the apartments, allocated large trade areas and introduced a 3-level parking to enhance economic feasibility and ensure high investment yield when developing new public spaces in the Block.
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