VILLAS DEL LAGO
LOCATION: San Juan, Puerto Rico
PARTNERS: ERERAS Arquitectos + Ernesto Rodriguez Matos
Arroyo’s Seafront Revitalization was conceived as part of an open innovation initiative between the School of Architecture of The Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico and The Puerto Rico Tourism Company. . The conceptual design process began at School of Architecture, where students and professors developed ideas and urban strategies that later became public policy projects in its own right. ERERAS Arquitectos design firm was selected to work on the project and the conceptual ideas and urban guides developed by the students were implemented and utilized.
The Puerto Rico Tourism Company and eight private architecture firms where the students were integrated as part of the final design team. Arroyo’s Seafront Revitalization was based upon the strategic recognition of three particular opportunities: the visual importance of the existing seafront, a direct and physical connection to the coast and to establish a economic and cultural space for the local residents.
Our way of understanding and developing the proposed architecture and planning of the seafront was to create a catalyst space where various operational and strategic moves such as reconnecting the landscape to the context, making the sea the protagonist through the vanishing of the divisive edge to the water, and the providing an urban morphology capable of integrating the cultural and economic possibilities of the place.