Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, the largest city in Gran Canaria and the Canary Islands, is a seat of regional government and an important industrial hub. Our site, Las Rehoyas, is a Franco-era public housing project, perched above the city, and home to about 3,000 of its residents. While the city has modernized and grew, Las Rehoyas has remained virtually unchanged. The apartment buildings and surrouding public spaces have fallen into disrepair. However, Las Rehoyas is adjacent to numerous retail districts and the city’s most vibrant public park. By implementing a series of public, semi-public, and private armatures, we will not only redesign and remodel the site’s 2500 apartment units, but create better connections from the existing site to the rest of the city. The new site plan and development strategy will contain park systems for both residents and visitors, a building typology that responds to the site’s unique terrain conditions, and an underground parking system to encourage non-vehicular movement between buildings.
University of Pennsylvania, Spring 2012