Machu Pichu is located in the town of Aguas Calientes, Peru. The town is the only point of entry to the beloved tourist and World Heritage Site. The town itself is located along a river and tributary that constantly floods. The entrance to the town is a Marketplace that is highly unorganized and disorienting. The proposal is to create a new marketplace that is designed to house the primary circulation of visitors and residents while allowing for the market to exist along the edge.
As you leave the train station you are then led to a high canopied space that leads you into Aguascalientes.
Current Market Conditions
Sowing the bridge and the town
Top Level Floor Plan Level 3
The plan helps show the connections that the new market design allows bridging the train station and the town at both the right and across the river.
Main Market and Cafe Floor Plan Level 2
The plan shows the relationship between the main circulation ramp, the Market and the Plaza space. The plan also shows the intent of weaving interior and exterior space by creating spaces that intercept one another.
Clinic and Office Floor Plan Level 1
The bottom level is tucked away from the tourist and yet helps keep the small town healthy and safe.
Once you enter the site you are covered under this large canopy that creates a large gathering space where you can look out onto the town, mountains, and back into the market itself.
View of Plaza
This rendering highlights the plaza and shows the amount of space that the new market would give back to the town.