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“Infrastructure must not remain hidden”

Regional Jury Report – Latin America

Aerial view: tidal power station and new port in activity.
Aerial view: tidal power station and new port in activity.

Addressing the potential ramifications of human-induced climate change on the natural environment, the authors propose an infrastructure for the use of tidal energy in Río Gallegos estuary at Punta Loyola in Argentina. Impressive in its territorial and geographic dimension, the project transcends the scales normally associated with the domains of architecture. This said, the design nonetheless is treated as an architectural intervention within the landscape, carefully designed as a figure drawn on water to incorporate a range of functions for humans, while providing an environment suitable for flora and fauna – a project merging infrastructure, landscape, and architecture in a magnificent natural setting.

The jury was particularly taken by the authors’ critical stance concerning contemporary methods of energy production and their vision to tap into tidal energy as a renewable resource for the generation of electric power. The project furthermore demonstrates that infrastructure must not remain hidden, but can be used in its aesthetic potential, combining technology and beauty to create an intervention that is in sync with nature. Lastly, the jury was impressed by the precision and quality of the details incorporated in the submission – a beautifully crafted comprehensive presentation, both innovative and visionary.

Last Updated: June 10, 2017
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