Gateways of the city of BarquisimetoNovember 1998
This project was developed in “Micucci Treviño Arquitectos Asociados” with a view to improving and regaining access to the metropolitan area of Barquisimeto within an immediate context of being a public space, a park, a symbol and a monument.
The concept of gateways derives from the understanding of the infrastructure of the city, such as freeways, avenues and streets. The latter define borders and limits for the city, as well as changes of transition from the country to the city. This concept will call on architecture, sculpture and landscaping design to provide a solution based on the geographical conditions of the site.
Each of the two gateways are monuments that reveal architectural, urban and cultural values of the city, inscribed in each of the twelve towers in shape of a letter that spells the name of the city “Barquisimeto” used to simulate in the distance the skyline of the city. The east gateway is sited on the mouth of a valley, in which twelve abstract thin square-based prisms were envisaged. The west gateway is sited over a small slope in a very flat region. It describes both a figurative and a graphic symbol that spells out the name of the city as well as the values of the region, such as music, fauna, rivers, arts and crafts, and architecture.
Both monuments were created with a similar structure and formal criteria, but they responded to different sites. As vertical elements the towers are composed of a concrete base that levels the topography, a body that describes the letter inscribed in brick supported by a metal structure, and a final element that highlights the top of the tower. The image of the gateways are perceived in the distance with contrasts and voids that allow the light to manifest itself.