goya | argentina

Context

Goya is a small city in the northeast of Argentina in the close vicinity of Paraguay. Goya is a relatively compact city that has preserved a village-like character, with walking distances to every part of town. The former railway station is situated close to Goya’s main plaza. The railway ceased to exist in the 1970s, leaving behind a myriad of beautiful heritage buildings from the former railway installations. The site spreads across about six hectares; it includes buildings of notable architectural value, and historical and cultural importance. Today, this part of the city looks quite abandoned but has great potential to become emblematic. The area around the railway station is characterized by monofunctional residential uses and has no other established points of interest than the historical buildings built by the English Railways Corporation.

Urban Strategy

The area covered by the former railway corridor will be opened to public use as a park and other public spaces, allowing people to enjoy the beautiful landscape of Goya. To this end, four action zones have been defined: (1) an “urban area” offers services that stimulate an active urban life, and functions as the receiving space of the main “axis of integration”, a proposed corridor connecting it with the historic center. By hosting events such as fairs and markets, the project seeks to generate spaces of encounter around culture and commercial offer. (2) An “area of leisure” will provide a green space for leisure and social exchange. (3) A “training area” focuses on education and training; it has been proposed to reuse existing buildings as co-working spaces specialized in the IT sector. (4) A “sporting activity area” will offer space for various outdoors sports such as soccer, paddleboarding, athletics, and basketball.

March to July, 2016

Authors: Verena Schaidreiter, Miguel Lopez Solís, Roland Krebs, Mariángeles Cotorruelo, Guillermo Müller Videla, Dominique Mashini, Markus Tomaselli, David Kostenwein