Many Fields = One Park

The requalification of the edge of the urban fabric of Bellusco becomes an opportunity for the creation of a new urban space  integrating the different peculiarities of the context: the woods, the agricultural fields and of course the city. The new public park is seen as a contemporary square, that will attract people from the nearby municipalities.

 

Sport in Nature

The sport and agricultural surroundings share the same word field to describe the space of cultivation or game. The project is subdivided into fields of cultivation and sports building a new hybrid landscape. Also the woods are seen as a field of cultivation to produce biomass so the pattern of the plan is composed by three elements: sport fields, cereal fields and wood fields

The pattern of the three elements are oriented in the existing agricultural and irrigation network grid. Wide lawns connect the fields of sports and cultivation.

The program of sport in this new area is projected to be as wide as possible; it includes, for example, table sports such as chess or ping pong near fields for sports like soccer and volleyball. The wide space and the presence of natural enclosure allows for the removal of the nets and protections. The presence of trees and woods near the sports fields guarantee their protection from the sun during the summer.

 

The Strategies

 Paths and Routes

Paths and Routes

 Sport Network

Sport Network

 Green Strategy

Green Strategy

The paths in the park are of two kinds: the boulevards and the loop. Two boulevards are the pedestrian routes that connect the park with the urban sidewalks; they allow a fast penetration of human traffic to the centre of the park. The loop is a leisure pathway that develops arounds the perimeter of the park. It is about 2 km long and is both a jogging route and a cycle route. As it rolls around the perimeter the loop crosses different landscapes from the woods to the new sport’s square

The sports network is a grid of elements for diffuse sport practice. In the main lawns but also in the woods, objects to play are placed : a goal post; a basketball ring; a golf hole. It is possible in this way to experience a game in different contexts. There are fields where it is possible to organize a real match with teams and these place are named “squares” because all around the field public facilities and pavilions (a green house, a open air library, an auditorium, a cafeteria and a climbing tower) are installed. These squares are important landmarks for the identity and orientation in the project area

The strategy for the new vegetation is based on the principle of geographic intensification. It is the context and the pre-existing typology of plants that determinate the new area of plantation. In the project there are new woods and lines of trees to integrate the existing ones. This intensification reveals the agricultural lines

the mini-monuments

 Different public program for each square

Different public program for each square

 Each square has a specific geometric shape. In the square there is a main field sport and a micro architecture that serves the park with all the necessary facilities. The new functions in this micro-architecture are: locker rooms; green house; cafeteria; restrooms; library; and panoramic lookout.


Badminton_Axo

THE TRIANGULAR SQUARE

Badminton_Collage

 

 

the badminton field

The space dedicated to badminton is composed by two  fields of synthetic grass and a village consisting of a system of greenhouses and vegetable gardens.
The sports that are arranged around the two main areas are the tables for chess and mats for yoga and Tai - chi. In this square wooden platforms are designed for the picnic and rest area


Basket_Axo

THE RECTANGULAR SQUARE

Basket_Collage

the basketball field

The square is located at the north end of the basketball boulevard and contains one of the prominent public spaces of the park - the shelter-auditorium. The structure of this architecture is made of metal and is the only covered public space of the park. It is designed as an auditorium for outdoor screenings, events and public ceremonies.


Soccer_Axo

THE SQUARE SQUARE

Soccer_Collage

 

the soccer field

The square of soccer is centrally located with respect to the park, overlooking a large meadow and behind the birch woods. The football field is recessed into the ground in a trench of approximately one meter below ground level. The strategy of the excavation limits the use of fences in this context of open and flat topography minimizing the visual impact on the landscape


Tower_Axo

THE HEXAGONAL SQUARE

Tower_Collage

the climbing field

The tower marks the entrance to the park from the south along the main road and becomes the landmark of the park in the surrounding area. The tower can be climbed from the inside with a staircase in metallic material, but also outside, which acts as  a climbing wall. The playground in rubber pavement has an hexagonal shape. The surface is decorated with a painted blue map of the park with its main regional connections


Volley_Axo

THE SEMI-CIRCULAR SQUARE

Volley_Collage

the volleyball field

The square of the volleyball is an intense sports program that includes a playground consisting of three trampolines and finally a bowling alley. There is also a small open air library, a contemplative space isolated from the rest of the park in the shape of a white cylinder