Parque Ecológico de Xochimilco
This project consists of a typological exploration of the Parque Ecológico in Xochimilco, CDMX. Analytical diagrams and drawings highlights the major typologies and programming within the site, accompanied by axonometric drawings and abstractive parti diagrams.
Parque Ecológico is a park declared on November 11, 1987 by Unesco as a World Heritage Site. While you can admire nature around the park, open grounds are welcome to recreational activities for families and friends. With 180 hectors of land, over a quarter of the site are bodies of water and swamps, as such environment favours a variety of species such as the graze, water dogs, birds, weasel, toads axolotls (an endemic amphibian in danger of extinction). The Xochimilco park therefore rescues both ecological and cultural values of the place. The bodies of water help preserve the ecological values for the recovery of the flora and fauna, by avoiding their deterioration and incorporating preventive measures that improve its cultural values for the rescue of the chinampas. The view is spectacular, as it is located in an area where you can still see the trees and the occasional hill. Guided tours, rental of trajineras and pedal boats, bicycle and quad rental, train travel and rental of spaces to celebrate birthdays or other social events are carried out. It is an ideal space, with many activities, to take children.
An overview from its masterplan, have shown a spectacular design intelligence to its planning on circulations. Similar to a labyrinth, the park's major entrance serves as its exit as a central plaza is located at the centre edge of the park. Then structural grid plaza is then diverged into a series of paths and pavings, with a major pathway covered with pergolas. Moments of lakes and ponds are intervening the general landscape, from water that flows/ discharge in/out treatment Cerro de la estrella, Cienaga Grande and Lake Xochimilco. Chinampas within the site does not only serve as a cultural preservative, but is actually beneficial to the local aquaculture and agriculture and also promotes natural water purification similar to the idea of a constructed
Zoom In at the boundary of the entrance plaza and the pergola pathway