retaining wall facades

In Valparaiso the street Camino Cintura cuts a perfect horizontal datum into the residential hills at the 300′ elevation mark, running circulation with views of the hill and sea. Retaining walls edge the hillside of the street requiring residents to cut voids in the mass of the soil just to reach road access, a costly accomplishment. What results are building facades functioning mostly as retaining walls punctured by doors and thresholds.  Half of Camino Cintura is lined with stereotomic street faces.

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