ILLA 10 URBAN DEVELOPMENT
SELECTED 5TH ROSA BARBA EUROPEAN LANDSCAPE PRIZE 2008
The purpose of the project was to develop the area around an isolated development of social dwellings occupied by gypsy families.
The departure point was the image of a gypsy skirt, made of layers of old fabrics sewn into new combinations in an intricate exercise of colours and patterns, joined together by a network of neutral strips.
During the construction process, local residents expressed their disagreement with the literal expression in the public space of their Romany origin. The coloured spots and cloth strip motifs were therefore replaced by white spheres set into the paving, partly to restrict vehicle access and partly to create a liquid, bubbling image of the new landscape.