Parque Metropolitana La Libertad

Proposal for an urban national park in Costa Rica’s Greater Metropoliana Area (GAM).

The transformation of an old industrial site into a sustainable inclusive urban park is organized according to four programmatic axes: art, commerce, sports and nature. Promenading through the park, the different functions mix in order to benefit the surrounding communities on a daily basis as well as visitors from allover the country in the case of national fairs and events. The individual program ranges from sports schools to different courts of activities (such as baseball, soccer cycling and running tracks etc.), a circus school, flexible event spaces, workshops, exhibition centers, a concert venue and an amphitheatre as well as a botanical garden representing the flora of Costa Rica.

The two rivers crossing the site are occasionally blocked to create a succession of artificial lakes equipped with a biological filtration system and local small scale hydroelectric power plants.


Project Directors: Oliver Schütte / *A Company and Luis Diego Barahona / LDB Arquitectura*

Project Architects: Laura Avilés, Angie Garita, Selni Hernández, María de Nazareth Soto, Gillio Francesa, Edgar Quirós, Federico Valverde, Karina Vindas, Stephanie Newcomb, Ronald Carvajal

Social Study: Marije van Lidth de Jeude with Marie Cruz Álvarez and Juan Carlos Mora

Model: Ronald Azofeifa, Eduardo Espinoza, Dahiana Hernández, Adriana Hernández, Priscilla Jiménez, Carla Martino, Daniela Medina, Isayana Pérez

Model Photography: Oscar Abarca Cartín

Location: Greater Metropolitan Area, Costa Rica

Status: Competition

Year: 2009