Huellas de arte, as part of 100architects series called ´urban footprints´, is an initiative that interprets the human footprint as an artistic trail in Santiago city.
It is a cultural engine fuelled by the passing flow of residents and visitors from around the Bellas Artes, a highly cultural area of down town. The urban footprint is a non-built configuration that creates and defines an environment without restrain or enclosing it. As members of 100architects studio say, the project is ‘an architectural intervention that proposes a new-use scene in a fully unclosed outdoor space. it is a sign or trace that recognizes spontaneous functions performed there daily and expressed it graphically, complementing them with new social dynamics absolutely intended to public interaction.’
The endeavour is developed over the underground transportation hub, using the surrounding area, which currently operates as a non-functional plaza. The idea is to revitalise the site as a catalyst of activities related to the constant flow of people that the location attracts. thus, the entire land surface is used, highlighting the main circulations that occur on a daily basis. This establishes a series of functions that encourage the development of social relationships, evidencing the possibilities of spatial transformation by colours, words, photographs, and lines.
The main material used is cloth tape coated with polyethylene. Furthermore, the design implements no additional volumes to the existing infrastructure. The firm reads this intent as a metaphor: ‘in this sense, it acts as a costume, a dress for the plaza placing itself on top of the existing and awakening new spatial possibilities on a given structure.’
The uses and activities proposed are a ‘selfie’ wall, where passers-by have a playful approach to a large massing, a stage for diverse street artists and musicians to express themselves freely, and a meeting point, which allows recognition from the people that come out of the metro station. Other informal, spontaneous functions are demarcated, such as street vendor spot, ‘directional arrows’, ‘seating benches’ and more. these uses naturally complement the forces that arise spontaneously on the site. on another hand, these amenities act as bridges of constant transition between the virtual world and the material space.
all images courtesy of 100architects