Acupuncturas Monteverdes

What is Monteverde? According to Newsweek, it is one of the 100 places on this planet to be seen before dying. According to local inhabitants, it is a beautiful landscape with a dysfunctional urban center named Santa Elena.

Our urban redevelopment proposal aims at improving the urban condition of Santa Elena through a series of urban acupunctures. The goal is to optimize the functioning of this this 5000 people community in the green heart of Costa Rica as a sustainable local service hub for citizens and tourists alike.

Besides the improvement of public transport and private car parking infrastructure, a pedestrian boulevard will be constructed in combination with a newly designed public plaza and its adjacent community center. A new sports field will be connected to the main village by the iconograhic hanging bridges that are already used in the world-famous natural parks of Monteverde.

A natural filtration system for waste water management will be installed in the newly proposed public park which is situated between village and sports field. A new bicycle track going through and around Santa Elena as well as a series of new public playgrounds and other services such as telephone, illumination etc. will complete the overall offer to the local citizenship as well as its numerous international visitors.

Credits

Team: A Company (Oliver Schütte and Marije van Lidth de Jeude with Ronald Carvajal, José Pablo González, Claudia Perez, Randall Quesada, Misael Rodríguez)

Scope: Concept Design and Marketing Study

Client: Chamber of Tourism Monteverde

Location: Santa Elena, Monteverde, Costa Rica

Status: Completed

Year: 2010-2011