Project: Backstage. The snap terrace of Ruzafa neighbourhood Date: May 2016 Place: Valencia
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What’s the first thing that comes to your mind when you think about a city? Their streets. When the streets of a city are interesting, the whole city is interesting; when they have a sad appearance, the whole city looks sad.” That is what the very well- known town planner Jane Jacobs has said in her book “The Death and Life of the Great American Cities”. And our terrace design for Backstage contributes to confirm her theory cheering up one of the most attractive corners of the neighbourhood.
The colours we used were chosen with the aim to camouflage into the environment.
We are talking about two shades of beige/sand inspired in the colouring most abound in the ruzafa’s façades, combined with an asphalt color in order to créate a contrast to make the terrace more attractive. Although the shapes of their seats are the most appealing thing, only looking at them transmits the comfort they really have, either for their proportions or for the materials used, they are “soft” seats all in all, this is makes them not only comfortable but also completely inoffensive for all the pedestrians, for the one who sits there and also for those that are just passing by. “We thought a lot about that, due to the fact that in the neighbourhood there are also a lot of elderly people, we wanted to distance from the materials that result cold and hard (the pavement is hard enought, it should be more pedestrian áreas).
And its seems that we achieved it, considering that the first people who sat down as the terrace to have a drink was an elderly couple that lives in the same building.”
We added to the scene a selection of Mediterranean plants to créate a small separation between the cars and the people who are seated there. In this selection Rosemary dominates because it is one of the best at hiding the undesirable odours, mainly those emitted from vehicles.
An art gallery, a design or architect studio, herbalist’s shop, a dance accademy , the market, the schools, Dani’s videoclub, the bars with their terraces… All of these they contribute to form part of this drawing of Ruzafa that provides a picture of a very friendly and kind Valencia, that are all part of the urban base of this neighbourhood that fortunately was rescued from the clawsof speculation, and that we are bringing up little by little between all the people that live there in.