Hybrid Common Spaces

community centre – bridging the gaps

authors:  Jakub Jílek, Yammie Hoi-Yan Ho
location:  Sannegårdshamnen, Göteborg, Sweden
date:  autumn 2011
course:  Urban and Architectural Laboratory / studio
institution:  Chalmers University of Technology
tutors:  Ana Betancour, Carl-Johan Vesterlund,
            Joaquim Tarrasó

Project brief:
The studio considers public space as a space of the commons – a space of social interaction where resources are collectively owned or shared between or among communities’ populations. The programme aims to identify issues, and areas of future potential for urban and architectural propositions, developing strategies for specific sites and conditions. The main working tool is urban network – a series of interconnected cross-programmed spaces and architectural interventions, a hybrid combination of overlapping programmes.

Urban Strategy:
> improve connectivity
> create a string sense of community
> mitigate flooding risk with river restoration
> culture hub of the northern riverbank

The hybrid of pedestrian footbridge, open air theater and community center forms a gateway to the river restoration in Sannegårdshamnen that links to the new wetland. The fluid and dynamic design interprets movement of people and water. It utilizes a network of entangled paths interwoven with the modular space that contains multiple programs including an open-air theater and community center. The paths bleed out to the new square and ferry pier on the east bank and dissolves into the new eco-housing on the west. The structure enables high level of programmatic flexibility and modular addition or re-organization in view of future changing water level and landscape due to flooding risk.

Site research