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Saturday, December 06, 2008

Viva Store by Roca + Paz estudio

Viva Store is a conversion by Bolivian architects Roca + Paz in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
The rebuild, completed last year, involved wrapping a new curving “cover” around the L-shaped building.
The “cover” is animated by changing light patterns at night.
The following is by Roca + Paz estudio:
Santo Domingo City is the capital of Dominican Republic. It is a cosmopolitan, thriving city, marked by an impressive population growth, and massive constructions within its limits.
The project is located on a boulevard called “El Boulevard de la Churchill”, in a dynamic commercial area, at a corner of a main avenue, with date palms on the sidewalks, and wide routes.
Besides being the area of most consumption, it is over-stimulated by advertising signs, changing its urban landscape.
The project based on these urban conditions, generates a project with visual impact creating new human situations of interaction inside-outside the building-city.
The request was to renovate the building for a new company.
The demolition was excluded because of town-planning and legal considerations, for this reason we started working in the structure, where the main columns of the original edification were kept.
The interior structure of the columns permits us work with the crystal baseboard element, generating a continue front in its entire perimeter causing a direct communication between the activities and the public.
The movement of the crystal is according to the function performed in the inside.
It opens at the entrance creating a hall space and reception enclosed by the movement of walls and ceiling, taking the public in to free-flowing tour unifying all the different areas. In the exterior of the building the public parking lot is suitable for eventual big public events.

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