With my project I do not intend to solve the pressing issues of this neighbourhood, but rather address the needs that people have. I consider my architecture as an extension of the street that offers space and necessary infrastructure before and after a hurricane. It consists of different spatial qualities related to the varying, psychological needs before and after such an event that can be adapted and transformed by the people. In this sense, I consider my project and my role rather as a process than a final product that provides the community with the tools and the frame-work to transform their environment in their own way.
The design consists of essentially two parts: a permeable bamboo-structure and a concrete-groundscape. These parts are defined by different programatic zones called the ballroom, the dining-hall and the porch, which are placed on the site so that they gradually decrease in publicness. It starts with the ballroom, which faces the Malecon and provides broader spaces that could be used for dancing and salsa parties. It then goes over into the porch. In Cuba the porch is this semi-public, flexible space, where many activities happen from relaxing between potted plants to chatting with your neighbours to repairing furniture. The third zone is the dining hall, which provides more intimate spaces related to planting, cooking, eating and resting.