Ime i prezime: Imanol Hernandez & Eneko Oregi
Grad: San Sebastian
We are both architecture students at ETSASS (University of the Basque Country). One of us had already been to the site in Sarajevo, as part of a trip during an exchange programme in Zagreb (HR), and fell in love with the place. As soon as we got news about the competition we decided to tackle this interesting challenge.
"The dance between darkness and light will always remain - the stars and the moon
will always need the darkness to be seen, the darkness will not be worth having
without the moon and the stars."
- C. JoyBell C.
The phrase above shows us the need of valuing the past, in this case a kind of dark
one, in which we find ourselves when working on this architectural element, reminding
us of undesirable moments of destruction. But it is in this situation that the only
possible way out needs to be based in that memory in order to wish for a better, more
calm and brilliant future.
The idea proposed for the development of the renewed bobsledge track, so, is based
on this thought. Thus, taking the track as a base, which shows through its state times
of postwar and no man's land, we suggest to paint over it again, as if we were writing
the future starting from scratch; a blank canvas to draw the future of the people who
visit and live the track at the same time. But, as mentioned before, as we aren not able
to erase the past, we feel the need to also maintain the current state of the track, with
the minimum possible changes. So, the proposed blank canvas becomes black, taking
advantage of night’s darkness, where we can dream of a much more enlightened
reality. The bobsledge track would transform from some interesting abandoned ruins
suggestive of a traumatic past during the day, to a stroll of lights and colors that
present us with a future of light and prosperity at night.
In order to achieve this, different types of shows related to light are proposed, such as
neon lighting throughout the whole walkway. Different types of lights creating
characteristic spaces; spaces from where you can watch the sunset and the
wonderful views of Sarajevo or from where, at the same time, you can perform the
traditional pyrotechnic shows at holidays and celebrations.
Last but not least, taking into account that the inauguration of the new cablecar wants
to bring the track closer to the heart of Sarajevo, and in order to join cultural ties with
the already existing international events, an outdoor cinema is proposed, with
panoramic 180º projections, taking advantage of the curves of the track, and thus
cause an increase in quality to the already prestigious International Film Festival of
Sarajevo, where, as we have already mentioned, the heart of Sarajevo is the most
special prize of the contest.