Landscape architecture practice Gustafson Porter has won an international competition to design the Valencia Parque Central, a modern public park that will transform the city centre
Gustafson Porter was selected from 36 international teams to lead the project, having worked with Borgos Pieper architects, Nova Ingenieria Project Management and Grupotec Engineers to develop its winning masterplan, ‘Aigua Plena de Seny’.
The park will cover 66 hectares and will benefit from a €73m investment, making it “the most attractive, important and certainly the most economically significant project in Europe”, according to Rita Barberá, mayor of Valencia. The project will turn a busy railway intersection at the heart of the city into a combination of green spaces, play areas, educational spaces and residential quarters, with the existing railway lines moving underground.
Gustafson Porter’s winning design aims to celebrate the landscape and culture of the Valencia region, taking its inspiration from the local ceramics tradition. The unifying motif is that of a bowl or container that holds art, activities, people, landscapes, history and cultural memories. Examples include an arts plaza, a flower garden, a children’s garden, an ampitheatre and a promenade leading into a central square.
“We are extremely pleased to have won this prestigious competition,” said Mary Bowman, director of Gustafson Porter. “It is fantastic that a landscape project has been give this level of prominence in the redevelopment of the city.”