Through Fast Fusion

TEAM: Elena Siakou – University of Nicosia

Sleeping areas in fusion with other services for the fast track tourism.

This project proposes temporary accommodations “fused” with other activities for the fast track tourism of San Juan, Puerto Rico. The passenger port is very important for San Juan, as the tourists can have the access from the sea and then explore the city. Also one of the famous attractions is the castle San Cristobal so both will be the connection points for the proposition. Also important parts of the proposal are the existing buildings: the casino and the school of art. The multifunctional program allows to tourists for a quick game at the exterior side of the casino. The structure will be attached to the existing building.

The proposal provides a fused intensified experience in 1-2 days instead of 1 week that they would do in normal conditions. As strategy the extreme temporariness and permanence will be used, both on structure and function. Permanent are considered the layered walls as opposed to the temporary mechanisms-elements, in between them. They will be used to accommodate more people and allow the cross program to happen.

A programmatic route will start from the port until the castle that will accommodate the extra services with the sleeping units. The extra services will be all the additional activities to satisfy the tourists’ needs: eating areas (both fast food and traditional), entertainment areas for traditional festivals and a parade that will start from the beginning and ends to the castle side, on the natural beach. People will jump for swimming in the final stage. Also two types of shopping: a railway with clothes and the other type with accessories or souvenirs. As main part, the sleeping areas will divided in different categories according to people’s different sleeping or resting needs during the day. One type is the individual spaces only with beds that will be placed to the entire route for a nap as they walking. Additionally, the other sleeping units can open and create larger communal space for eating. All the activities will be integrated such as the sleeping with the shopping railway as well as the movable sunbathing platforms that can be the other type of sleeping or resting. Other facilities such as public bathrooms and changing rooms will be fused with the other activities. Finally, screens will be placed mainly to castle area so tourists can take photos and post them on social media.

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