Viva Store by Roca + Paz

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Viva Store is a conversion by Bolivian architects Roca + Paz in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

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The rebuild, completed last year, involved wrapping a new curving "cover" around the L-shaped building.

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The “cover” is animated by changing light patterns at night.

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The following is by Roca + Paz estudio:

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Viva Store 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.

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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.

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Besides being the area of most consumption, it is over-stimulated by advertising signs, changing its urban landscape.

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The project based on these urban conditions, generates a project with visual impact creating new human situations of interaction inside-outside the building-city.

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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.

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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.

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The movement of the crystal is according to the function performed in the inside.

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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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The flooring and the gardens are set in a way that lead people towards the entrance.

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The generation of the tape or “cover” that surrounds the infrastructure marks a strong horizontal development, going with the plot proportion.

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According to the line of sight, the major impact point is the affluence of pedestrians and vehicles, which produces a vertically expansion of the “cover”, generating a graphic space and giving more importance to the entrance at this point.

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In the middle the “cover” flows and forms a curve; stretching in a determined point at the corner forming a tension till ending at level +/- 0.00.

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The “cover” is used as a transmission device giving the language and information a new meaning which defines reactions, answers, and raises a dynamic and changing relation, able to show figures and animated lines based in digital patterns of light and color.

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The proposal shows without losing or confusing a series of mutual relations, incorporating convenient urban data reaching to a clear and strong urban contribution.

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VIVA DOMINICANA BUILDING – SANTO DOMINGO

Project Collaborator
Yasmín Gutiérrez Arch.
Ruvi Suárez Arch.

Civil Construction
Diego Forero Arch., ARCA

Interior – exterior lighting
Luis Jacobo, Eng., SPECTRO Lighting group

Logistics
Ana Severino

Location
Santo Domingo – Republica Dominicana
Av. Winston Churchill esquina Max Henríquez Ureña

Year
2007

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  • Ben

    love the way the plans & 3d imaging are done … nice and pure

  • bence

    i would renegotiate salary conditions with the intern who did those horrible “plot”-eske illustrator diagrams,..but lets appreciate the true architectural values of this project,..which in my understanding is the integration of the idea of poche,…spatially its all about the inbetween space between the actual volume and the wrapping skin,…i think it works….nice!

  • juggs

    eso aspiro tiempo grande importante

  • http://www.enlighter.org Mitja

    I like the interactive lighting facade. Minimalistic and obviously they resisted the pressures, that most probably were there, to put commercial lighting on the fasade.

  • Fbot

    Good integration of light and architecture, well done

  • OLGV.

    it has a true architectural value indeed, a nice “contemporary-retro” look, and very well documented as well.

  • Lawr09

    One of the first real intensions within neo architectural boundaries in this city.

  • Elio

    Represented just like BIG or JDS…i like it

  • João

    like it too… really impressive… nice building…

  • chwenju

    I agree with↑.
    this diagram is similar to BIG`s. realiy.

  • Neil

    Great project!!!!! gongratulation Bolivia.

  • http://sinkingcities.com Sinking Cities

    These are cool. I love the simplicity of the project and the diagrams.

  • SS

    Any chance of getting this in Revit or Archicad?