JARDÍ DE FANG (MUD GARDEN)
Loreto Varela, Isaac Gimeno
This proposal is based in the relationship of El Prat to the delta of the river Llobregat. An intervention is planned both at the tower (water tank) and at the garden sited at its ground. The water tower, apart from its main function of gathering and distributing water into the locality, is part of the modern imaginary and also of the city's heritage, a witness to the recent past and a reference to the future.
The base of the tower is the area where the new cultural center of El Prat will be built, becoming a space of meeting, participation, learning and leisure for citizens and a place to rest from the city's fast pace.
"Jardi de fang" seeks to reinvent, from its original function as water tank, the image of the tower as an urban milestone, recovering for the city some of its identity, lost among the current changes in its configuration.
Two interventions are considered within the proposal:
"Jardi de fang" will be an intervention staged at the base of the water tower, where lack of identity and memory will be suggested by the image of a land cracked by draught. Nevertheless, just as the land can be brought back to life, memory and identity also can be restored.
"The tower observatory" will be an intervention at the top of the tower, offering a panorama around El Prat, as well as the installation of a reflecting surface, that like a mirror will cause reflections, and extend the vision of the tower, and so expressing a possible future vision of recovery of the community's memory and identity.