Lima-based architectural firm 2.8x Architects has adapted a deteriorating cockfighting arena for outdoor living. The coliseum is located on a property surrounded by neighboring houses, but it was a piece of history going unused.
The tiered shell of the coliseum allowed for the designers to blend the old structure seamlessly with its new enhancements. Winding circular terraces are built on top of the original levels of the stands, maintaining the proportions and integrity of the original arena, and stones, steps and walls were repurposed.
There's a stark contrast between the center of the arena where birds used to fight and the new equilibrium of the space--yin and yang symbols set a meditative tone for the space and "reinforce the idea of a memorial garden."
The coliseum is small, but each pathway and terrace leaves a lot for visitors to explore. Perimetric walls feature creeping plants, trees in high terraces will grow to form a green curtain, and the landscape grows flush into the hills of the surrounding area.
The gardens are softly illuminated at night, which emphasizes calming water features and allows for appreciative reflection of the arena's former history of violence, in contrast to its binding community presence today.
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