At Interface, Inc.’s ‘Reconnect Your Space’ competition, Jesús Pertuz of Paris was adjudged the winner for the ‘Rebolo Eco-Park’ design. The competition invited architects, designers and students to submit their visions for how biophilia can influence the design of a new or existing space, either within interior built environments or outside in cities. Biophilic design incorporates natural elements into manmade environments in order to help people feel and perform better.
Rebolo Eco-Park was selected as the most unique, inspiring and purposeful way of reconnecting a space with nature. The winning entry was inspired by Rebolo, a low-income neighbourhood located in Barranquilla, Colombia, a northern part of the country on the Caribbean Sea that serves as a major industrial, maritime port. The aim of Pertuz’s submission was to improve the community where he grew up by creating a space for social interaction and integration.
The Park incorporates flower, aromatic and community gardens, along with fruit trees, new social “eco-housing” and a meadow. Within the entry an image of the meadow depicts a section of the Rebolo Canal that collects storm-water surrounded by flora, fauna and people walking, running, biking, resting and enjoying the vibrancy of the space. Together, these elements form a linear park along either side of the canal.