Hodgetts + Fung’s design for the Parque La Gavia invited competition in southwest Madrid rehabilitates an environmentally damaged site by returning it to a healthy condition, drawing on technology, urban recreation, and exploration. Parque La Gavia is also an attempt to re-examine what nature is and what our relationship with nature will be in the future.
Whimsical interpretations of ecological cycles provide imagery and play activity in the child's area. In this scene interpretive inscriptions as well as sculptural representations will remind parents and children of the function of aeration in ridding the water of pathogens.
The colorful motion of wind turbines, the activities of children at play, and the dynamic skills of cyclists and skateboarders will create a zone of kinetic motion.
The project addresses issues of water reclamation and management. Thus the waste water which is seen at first descending through huge antiseptic stainless steel pipes connected to an enormous stainless steel tub, is later seen flowing through concrete sluices, settling in a riparian pool, and cascading over broken stone ledges before finally, clear and sparkling, filling a grand recreational lake. There, walls of recycled and compacted aluminum, plastic, and steel waste hold back flowerbeds and sediment ponds.