INSURGENTS ROUNDABOUT
URBAN DESIGN PROJECT FOR A DECAYED NODE
MEXICO CITY
2016

Inaugurated in the 70’s for a rising automobile city, the Insurgents Roundabout was uniquely erected with an orbicular nature emulating a futuristic sci-fi plaza. Unfortunately, its dark passages, brutal materials and dirtiness inflicted an unstoppable decay for the young urban infrastructure. However, the whole complex increasingly holds an extraordinary potential to rebirth into a fresh landmark for the central city.

The concrete elevated-infrastructure diagnosed as the noxious piece; with its 18-meters witness, it isolates the public square from the perimeter front buildings. Moreover, the roundabout does not operate as a roundabout as five of the seven contiguous streets do not connect anymore.

By simply redesigning the plaza’s geometry into a fluid shape, the new form automatically achieves to reconnect the square with the immediate context. Contracting to provide livability to the building’s fronts, expanding towards the surrounding streets. A cutting-edge proposal to solve the different levels of transportation intersecting the node.

INTO
FROM A DECAYED STATIC SPACE
INTO A DYNAMIC FLUID NODE


The proposal aims to redefine the public space with an stimulating plinth and 7 high-rise buildings that are connected by a semi-public skylobby that crowns the commertial area; turning the plaza into a three-dimensional futuristic node.


Placed at the very center of the plaza, the multi-station becomes the central axis of an orbicular public space. The new station evolves from an under-used decayed infraestructure into a translucid lamp where every urban activity confluences, expressing its essential urban feature, to connect.