al borde transforms rail cart into cultural knowledge train
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nov 19, 2013
al borde transforms rail cart into cultural knowledge train


al borde transforms rail cart into cultural knowledge train
all images courtesy of al borde

 

 

 

carrying neither freight nor tourists, the ‘vagon del saber’ boxcar 1513 renovation by ecuadorian studio al borde sees it transformed into a cultural public space. selected as part of the railway system recovery program by the ecuadorian ministry of culture and heritage, the community orientated project reactivates settlements along its route. after twelve years of absence these areas not only recover a means of communication but are enhanced economically, as the cultural promoters use the train car as an activator of public space and a meeting point for locals. the multifunctional nature of the carriage – it is without a strictly defined architectural program and therefore required a flexible design, to allow for musical performances, theater, community training, celebrations.

 

 


the ‘transformation is part of the railway system recovery program by the ecuadorian ministry of culture and heritage

 

 

the train was renovated to achieve the greatest number of uses with the minimum number of elements. a pubic square and theater with a capacity of 60-80 people, as well as work spaces for 20 users were incorporated by attaching three extensions to the car: a roof with several deployment options, retractable furniture and two storage spaces – simple systems operated by the cultural promoters turn the cart into their desired requirements. set travel around the coast, the cultural unit will begin to accumulate and facilitate new stories.

 

 


exterior view of the ‘vagon del saber’ cultural train

 

 


the train becomes a traveling cultural and public space for cut off communities

 

 


the flexible interior can be used for a range of activities

 

 


an office set up

 

 


cultural promoters use the train car as an activator of public space and a meeting point for locals

 

 


the interior in use as a tribune

 

 


the rail cart in its original condition 

 

 


exterior view of the carriage in its original condition

 

 


conceptual images

 

 


design process

 

 

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