Avalos La Gomera Eco-Resort
La Gomera, Spain
2015
Project
Array
Location
La Gomera, Spain
Year
2015
Client
Sand & Sea (Tenerife)
Status
Feasibility Studies
Size
22,7 Ha
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Avalos La Gomera Eco-Resort
Locals have been dealing with these topographic singularities to the point of developing a singular landscape culture or intelligentsia

In the 70´s La Gomera Island (Canary Islands) was one of the hot spots of the hippy movement. This alternative atmosphere is still part of its charm, and it is due to its singular landscape of steep valleys and green ravines. For centuries, its inhabitants have been dealing with these topographic singularities to the point of developing a local landscape culture or intelligentsia. In the case of the ravines, this consists in developing agricultural platforms on the slopes and the protection of the humid and productive basement from any building development. The system was completed with a series of pulley devices used to carry on stuff from the bottom to the top. The design proposal reinterprets this traditional landscape intelligentsia as a design tool. In this case, the platforms accommodate the hotel rooms, the basement is occupied by a palm tree garden equipped with leisure activities and the pulley devices are transformed into a funicular.

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PGA Catalunya Golf Resort Extension
Girona, Spain
2014
Project
Array
Location
Girona, Spain
Year
2014
Client
PGA Catalunya Resort
Status
Concept Design
Size
70 Ha
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PGA Catalunya Golf Resort Extension
The existing ecological assets and their dynamics structure the land-use strategy

This plan develops the spatial organization principles and the location’s specific uses for the new extension of PGA Catalunya Golf. It includes a new brand hotel, 83 residential units and several leisure/sport facilities to complement the existing two golf courses. The plan follows two strategies. The first one bets for maintaining the site’s farming productive nature, mixing it with in the new development, including the real estate. The second strategy consists in the restoration of the site’s ecological dynamics, that were deteriorated by its intensive agriculture activity. The plan proposes overlapping the ecological dynamics within the mobility strategy—the functional and the leisure one. The resulting system will structure the uses’ locations and the landscape’s identity for the whole development.

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Nueva Noruega Eco-Resort
Gran Canaria, Spain
2013
Project
Array
Location
Gran Canaria, Spain
Year
2013
Client
Arguineguin Joint Venture
Status
Full Design
Size
1919 m² (Built area) 4266 m² (Plot)
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Nueva Noruega Eco-Resort
A strategy of minimum footprint and its compensation through green roofs drives the resulting massing

This housing complex of sixteen touristic villas is organized by a combination of two types of “living-bars”: one housing unit contains a kitchen, a living room and a balcony and the other one accommodates two extra bedrooms and bathroom. Each apartment is the result of the aggregation of two o more bars placed at different levels that are completed by an “eco-box”, that articulates the vertical connexions between the bars, making possible a permanent natural ventilation and illumination of the whole unit, even when the owner is on the leave. The open space around  the housing complex, accommodates two types of landscapes and a natural (chemical-free) swimming pool.

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Monte León Medical & Wellness Eco-Resort
Gran Canaria, Spain
2012
Project
Array
Location
Gran Canaria, Spain
Year
2012
Client
Urbanización Montaña Alta S.A.
Status
Concept Design
Size
15.816 m² (Built area) 3,4 Ha (Plot)
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Monte León Medical & Wellness Eco-Resort
A low massive resort with a landscape approach than integrates buildings and open spaces

The site is placed at 560 meters altitude with views over the ocean and the surrounding rugged landscape. The project consists in a tourist eco resort, which includes three functional pockets: a bunch of 80 villas, a 65-rooms hotel and a medical complex. The design strategy consists in a series of platforms that follows the topographical conditions of the site, allowing an easy and accessible walking experience between the functional pockets and its dependencies. The project includes very ambitious eco-design´s principles, which aims to compensate the carbon emissions of the visitors, allowing their return to home with close to neutral carbon footprint.

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New Tenbel Resort
Tenerife, Spain
2012
Project
Array
Location
Tenerife, Spain
Year
2012
Client
PRYU
Status
Preliminary Studies
Size
40 Ha
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New Tenbel Resort
A resort-inside-a resort, like a Russian doll

The construction of the Tenbel resort at the beginning of the 60s, inaugurates the tourist activity at the south of Tenerife, one of the main tourist destinations in the Canary Islands, Spain. The resort has a capacity of 4,000 tourist beds, along with commercial centres and sport grounds. One of its main attractions is the waterfront with a very steep coast and a seawater swimming pool. After more than 40 years, as many with many other resorts in the Canaries, the site has deteriorated and lost competitiveness. The vision consists of developing a strategy for its renovation based in a resort-inside-a resort, like a Russian doll. The resulting new resort or New Tenbel will incorporate a very intense action based on contemporary tourist and spatial eco-concepts and generate new tourist synergies for the renovation of the surrounding areas.

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Maspalomas Beach Access
Gran Canaria, Spain
2011
Project
Array
Location
Gran Canaria, Spain
Year
2011
Client
Consorcio para la Rehabilitación Turística del Sur de Gran Canaria (Contrated by a Bidding Process)
Status
Execution Documentation
Size
80 m²; 206 m²; 291 m²
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Maspalomas Beach Access
A new synthetic dune serving as an equipped beach access

Maspalomas Beach is one of the most renowned beaches in Europe and one project is to provide services for the beach users, including staircases, showers, benches and lockers. The design integrates the functional program in a woo- den topography that replicates the shape of the surrounding dunes, permitting unexpected uses. Thanks to digital fabrication techniques, the resulting “dune” removable solution. Besides the wooden beans and floors, the materials used include natural filtering systems for showers, integrated mini-solar panels, salt- water plants, and light foundations; all compatible with the beach environment. 

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Meloneras Kiosk
Gran Canaria, Spain
2011
Project
Array
Location
Gran Canaria, Spain
Year
2011
Client
Cogorsa S.L.
Status
Concept Design
Size
1045 m² (Built area) 950 m² (Outdoor Terrace)
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Meloneras Kiosk
An existing dull kiosk transformed into a new brand terrace covered by a giant canopy

The project consists in the renovation of an existing commercial kiosk placed in a privilege location facing the Atlantic Ocean. The kiosk incorporates an outdoor terrace – the most sought after realm by tourists – leaving the interior as mere logistic space. The design strategy consists of maximizing the terrace area, while colonizing and transforming the indoor space. The solution includes the removal of the facade and the inclusion of a new floor plan with views over the ocean. The existing facade and roof is then substituted by a textile canopy that protects from the sun and raining without compromising the outdoor character of the whole space. The set of bioclimatic strategies and green technologies will result in an off-grid building.

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Playa del Inglés Street Design Guidelines
Gran Canaria, Spain
2011
Project
Array
Location
Gran Canaria, Spain
Year
2011
Client
Consorcio para la Rehabilitación Turística del Sur de Gran Canaria
Status
Concept Design
Size
300 Ha
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Playa del Inglés Street Design Guidelines
Two main circulation routes (funtional + tourist) articulate the whole area

Playa Del Ingles is one of the main touristic areas in the Canary Islands. With more than forty years of history, the current urban layout demands an urgent renovation and the implementation of sustainable and environmental strategies. The structure of the mobility system and the design of the public spaces and infrastructures are the main components of the project´s brief. The solution proposes two main circulation circuits—one devoted to functional traffic and other more oriented to tourist mobility. A bunch of linear boulevards running from the interior to the beaches, complete the new structure of the mobility system and catalogues the different types of streets. The second part of the project includes the design of a selected group of streets which character and section is defined according with its relative position in the new urban structure.

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San Isidro Bus Station
Tenerife, Spain
2011
Project
Array
Location
Tenerife, Spain
Year
2011
Client
Granadilla de Abona Municipality
Status
Concept Design
Size
3000 m²
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San Isidro Bus Station
Sails and shadows that bring urban life and comfort into a bus station

The necessity of a bus station was one of the conclusions of a Sustainable Mobility Plan developed by the municipality of San Miguel on the island of Tenerife; however, the site chosen for the bus station offered a very good location in terms of accessibility but lacked urban quality. The project consists of the design of an exchange station that integrates multiple urban “uses” and “users”. The design strategy consists of developing a public square that incorporates, alongside the bus platforms, other programs such as kiosks, grandstands, playgrounds and landscaping. The main purpose of this is to allow children, elderly people and urban pedestrians to share this space with commuters. The design also includes the use of a textile canopy—inspired by the kite surfing sails that proliferate in beaches nearby—that stretches across the space, providing comfort, visibility and urban identity for the whole area.

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Special-Needs Friendly Pathway
Gran Canaria, Spain
2011
Project
Array
Location
Gran Canaria, Spain
Year
2011
Client
Las Palmas Municipality
Status
Built
Size
1000 m²
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Special-Needs Friendly Pathway
A layout with clever landscaping and a special-needs friendly pathway

The main aim of the project is to solve the problems of universal accessibility and mobility of club members. The overall strategy is to provide not only a functional solution for people with special needs but to also offer social inclusion, in a non-segregated space. The project is made up of three components. The first one is a straight staircase that connects the different levels. The second component is a smooth ramp that gives direct and universal access to the facilities and the solariums. The third element is a triangular layout that integrates the walks into the surrounding landscape. The whole layout offers a 60 % highly permeable surface that guarantees natural oxygenation and watering of the soil.

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Monte León Villas
Gran Canaria, Spain
2011
Project
Array
Location
Gran Canaria, Spain
Year
2011
Client
Urbanización Montaña Alta S.A.
Status
Concept Design
Size
2800 m² (Built area) 1,2 Ha (Plot)
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Monte León Villas
How can we build on a piece of landscape maintaining at the same time its previous beauty and biodiversity?

The project consists in developing twenty-six villas in a plot with picturesque views of the ocean and the surrounding mountains. The area presents a problematic slope of about 30% and a stone substratum that makes excavation very difficult. The design strategy draws inspirations from the valleys of the nearby island of La Gomera where traditional villas are placed on platforms built on the slopes of the valleys, resulting in a very charming and landscape integrated image. The design goes a step forward and places part of the domestic program inside the platforms. This strategy gives the illusion of a very low housing density when in fact it almost doubles the traditional one. The project incorporates bioclimatic solutions and sustainability indicators that include, among other things, green roofs, permeable pavement solutions, recycling strategies, a car club, and off-grid solutions.

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Boutique Hotel
Badajoz, Spain
2010
Project
Array
Location
Badajoz, Spain
Year
2010
Client
Junta de Extremadura
Status
Competition
Size
7500 m²
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Boutique Hotel
A group of "rocks" host the hotel rooms and dialog with the surronding landscape

The site is placed in a small town surrounded by a stony landscape, dominated by light brown colours. The plot was originally the orchard of a former convent built with massive stone columns. The design solution is informed by a previous touristic strategy that recommends the fragmentation of the three main functional areas (celebrations, open and leisure spaces and hosting) into smaller units. The design follows these principles and draws inspiration from the surrounding stony landscape, proposing a group of “rocks” that host the entire functional program. A hexagonal layout and facetted volumes articulate the complex and give geometrical coherence to the whole. A series of courtyards placed between the “rocks” provide natural ventilation, protection from the heat and articulate the domestic scale and singularity to each group of rooms.

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Gadeokdo Tourist Island
Gadeokdo Island, South Korea
2010
Project
Array
Location
Gadeokdo Island, South Korea
Year
2010
Client
Government of the Republic of Busan
Status
Competition
Size
2252 Ha
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Gadeokdo Tourist Island
A plan to transform a whole island into a sustainable tourist destination

The Gadeokdo Island is entirely devoted to leisure and outdoor activities, and will become a globally renowned environmentally-sensitive resort city. The proposed tourist developments are concentrated in three sites, where they share locations with traditional fishing villas that become “development anchors”. The proposed solution emphasizes a transversal occupation of the coast, leaving large empty areas of waterfront as landscape attractions and environmental reservoirs. A set of inland leisure facilities work as alternative attractions to the coastal amenities. Most of the proposed urban fabric is placed on natural slopes leaving flat land for leisure and agricultural purposes. Buildings and landscape schemes are part of the water management system, working as stormwater channels and collectors. The energy strategy includes also geothermal, wind, solar and hydroelectric sources and it allows a self-sufficient provision of water for 30,000 tourists.

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Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Waterfront
Gran Canaria, Spain
2009
Project
Array
Location
Gran Canaria, Spain
Year
2009
Client
Las Palmas Municipality
Status
Competition
Size
40 Km
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Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Waterfront
An ecological approach that interprets ravines as ecological components of the waterfront system

The project addresses nearly 40 kilometres of coastline, including east and west sides of the city. It also includes a sustainable mobility system as an alternative to the existing one. The solution incorporates two systems: one functional (heavy traffic) and another more oriented to leisure-wise enjoyment (light and public traffic). Functional mobility incorporates the existing by-pass and the major existing roads of the city. Leisure-wise mobility favours light and alternative traffic, including bicycles, trams and pedestrians. Ten well-equipped parks are placed along the waterfront, as a result of the crossing of urban and natural corridors. Each park seamlessly combines urban programs and facilities, transport hubs and open spaces. By exploiting the urban possibilities of outdoor living and mass enjoyment of the coast, the project aims to condense and deploy the subtropical potential of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.

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Calvia Coastal & Tourist Development
Mallorca, Spain
2009
Project
Array
Location
Mallorca, Spain
Year
2009
Client
Calvià Municipality
Status
Competition
Size
450 Ha
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Calvia Coastal & Tourist Development
“Cavities” and “convexities” of the coast drive a location of potential tourist developments

The municipality of Calvia is situated on the southwest end of the island of Mallorca. It has nearly 60 kilometres of coastline and it concentrates more than 50,000 tourist beds and as many second homes which totals for more than 50% of the tourist accommodation on the Island. The proposal is based on the geographic system of “cavities” and “convexities” that characterize Calvia’s coast. The design strategy aims to recover and update the development pattern of the first tourist settlements where the “cavities” of the coast hosted tourist enclaves while the “convexities” were maintained as landscape reservoirs. This pattern is the basis of the vivid image that characterizes the Majorcan coast, and an example of intelligent and sustainable development of the waterfront. The project also includes a model of sustainable mobility and eight tourist enclaves, each with its own unique identity and tourist profile.

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Canarias 7 Headquarters
Gran Canaria, Spain
2009
Project
Array
Location
Gran Canaria, Spain
Year
2009
Client
Inforcasa
Status
Built
Size
5100 m²
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Canarias 7 Headquarters
The transformation of an exiting blocky and dull warehouse into a healthy and vibrant office space

The project consists of the renewal of an existing industrial building to incorpo- rate new working spaces and cultural areas. The design strategy includes three actions. The first consists of opening a patio to improve natural lighting and ventilation. The patio also articulates the access of different users: journal- ists, daily visitors, staff and people attending cultural events. The second action consists of organizing the functional program into two kinds of spaces: generic space for more standard uses; and singular spaces or “containers” for the specific functions. The third includes a whole set of bioclimatic solutions that include a south-facing double facade that works as “sun glasses” and helps to intensify the cross-ventilation of the whole building through the patio.

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Vecindario Sustainable Mobility Plan
Gran Canaria, Spain
2009
Project
Array
Location
Gran Canaria, Spain
Year
2009
Client
Santa Lucía Municipality
Status
Built
Size
57,5 Ha
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Vecindario Sustainable Mobility Plan
A green band shows the access to parking lots

Implementing a new access from the existing bypass is the first action planned for the implementation of the Urban Plan for Vecindario Commercial Area. The project consists of providing four parking lots to the rear of the commercial area and its connection with the existing bypass. In order to make this connection readable to car drivers, a green band was painted in the asphalt, starting in the existing roundabouts and ending in one of the parking lots. From there, a painted pavement now shows pedestrians the way to the commercial area. The system was complemented with a very simple vertical signage showing the way out to the bypass again. The proposal was intended to be temporary and removed when people were used to this new way of accessing the commercial area.

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Digital Totem ®
Gran Canaria, Spain
2009
Project
Array
Location
Gran Canaria, Spain
Year
2009
Client
Santa Lucía Municipality
Status
Built
Size
4 units
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Digital Totem ®
An upgrade of a traditional totem by improving its visibility and displaying parameters

The design upgrades the traditional advertising poles proliferating in malls and gas stations that are mainly used for advertising and business visibility. The design strategy seeks to enhance its functionality by improving its visual access. The design system consists of rotating eight blocks of a prism in accordance with the movement of vehicles around the roundabouts where they are placed. Each module includes a video screen similar to those in football stadiums and the video panels give information regarding access to car parks, availability of parking spaces and commercial ads.

 

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Vecindario Commercial Area
Gran Canaria, Spain
2008
Project
Array
Location
Gran Canaria, Spain
Year
2008
Client
Santa Lucía Municipality
Status
Masterplan
Size
57,5 Ha
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Vecindario Commercial Area
A shopping venue that integrates small and large shopping formats

Vecindario hosts the largest outdoor commercial area in the Canary Islands.
It emerged during the 60s on both sides of a main road that used to cross the town as it connected the north and south parts of the island. Nowadays, the situation is more or less the same, with more than 700 shops coexisting
within this very busy traffic location. The plan firstly consists of inverting the traffic mobility system by activating an existing bypass. This action gets rid of traffic and transforms the existing road into a pedestrian shopping
street. The second action consists of integrating four H-shape boulevards that integrate other large shopping formats (existing and planned) with direct access from the bypass. The result is a commercial area that integrates —in a complementary way—small and large shopping formats.

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Puerto Rico Tourist Renovation
Gran Canaria , Spain
2007
Project
Array
Location
Gran Canaria , Spain
Year
2007
Client
Gobierno de Canarias, Consejería de Turismo
Status
Master Plan
Size
208 Ha
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Puerto Rico Tourist Renovation
The proposal increases by ten the existing “beach” area

Puerto Rico is a tourist area in the south of the island of Gran Canaria. At the beginning of the 60s developers chose this valley for its privileged environmental conditions; protected from the strong Trade Winds and with a very stable temperature and humidity. Both hillsides of the valley are occupied by near 20,000 tourist beds, resulting in a saturated built landscape with a very poor beach area (1m² per tourist bed). The strategy addresses several functional aspects, such as mobility organization and pedestrian connections, together with other more environmental features, such as the intensification of the landscape presence in empty spots. The main intervention consists of increasing the percentage of “beach area” by occupying the bed of the valley with water activities, aquatic wellness facilities, and solarium areas. The final proposal increases by ten the existing “beach area”, reaching a ratio of 10 m² per tourist bed.

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Playa Blanca Tourist City
Lanzarote, Spain
2006
Project
Array
Location
Lanzarote, Spain
Year
2006
Client
Yaiza Municipality
Status
Masterplan
Size
180 Ha
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Playa Blanca Tourist City
Two mobility circuits articulate the whole urban plan and give new possibilities for a coherent development

Playa Blanca is located at the south end of the island of Lanzarote and houses about 10,000 tourist beds. Its lack of urban structure is the result of a disjointed development of eight isolated pieces of land. The result is a suburban model, exclusionary, repetitive, inefficient, and lacking in spatial quality. The intervention strategy consists of implementing a new structure based in a new mobility system of two rings: one “functional” and the other “recreational”. A new layout of parks is added by the natural reconstitution of the existing valleys that runs transversal to the coast. A series of open spaces complete the new structure which organizes the urban uses according to the relative position of them within the new urban system.

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Cenobio Pedestrian Access
Gran Canaria, Spain
2005
Project
Array
Location
Gran Canaria, Spain
Year
2005
Client
Cabildo de Gran Canaria
Status
Concept Design
Size
2500 m²
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Cenobio Pedestrian Access
A pedestrian access into an archeological site that will become a tourist attraction in itself

The Cenobio of Valeron is a pre-Hispanic granary excavated more than five hundred years ago by the ancient inhabitants of the island of Gran Canaria. Its difficult accessibility helped to preserve this large pantry from potential raids of plunder and looting. The project aims to connect the 300 meter gap between the car park and the archaeological site along a very sharp slope. The program of uses consists of an accessible pedestrian route, complemented by a control area and an interpretation center at both extremes. The project is resolved by three sections of control coming out from the evaluation of minimum land excavation and three different landscape experiences (cultural, panoramic and archaeological). The interchange area is the result of bridging the gap between the three control sections with 3D software. The different spatial scenarios that the visitor enjoys along the way transform the visits of tourists into a memorable and educational experience.

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Arrecife Waterfront & Marina
Lanzarote, Spain
2004
Project
Array
Location
Lanzarote, Spain
Year
2004
Client
Port Authority of Las Palmas
Status
Ivented Competition
Size
9 Ha
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Arrecife Waterfront & Marina
The pedestrian linking of multiple islets and reefs articulates the project

Arrecife is the capital of Lanzarote (Canary Islands). It has a unique geographical location formed by a group of rocky reefs, puddles and islets that constitute and make its coastal front singular. The most interesting part of its history is the effort to communicate the islets and urbanize the “puddles”. The bridge “Puente de Las Bolas”, built in the late sixteenth century, and the pool of San Gines are some of the best examples to do this. Our intervention strategy consolidates this pattern of growth along the waterfront and the port.
The project consists of the extension of two pedestrian pathways along the coastal front, creating new pools and communicating the existing islets. The resulting loop generates urban spaces where new uses are placed. The crossings of the loop generate nodes that host kiosks, meeting places and water-taxi stations.

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Cicer Plaza
Gran Canaria, Spain
2003
Project
Array
Location
Gran Canaria, Spain
Year
2003
Client
Las Palmas Municipality
Status
Competition
Size
4500 m²
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Cicer Plaza
An equipped plaza as informal as the beach, and a beach as comfortable as a plaza

The code “Urban Beach” with which this project is launched, not only codifies but also explains the project’s strategy. The proposed public plaza combines the flexibility of beach spaces along with the comfort levels of urban plazas. The design consists of an undulating topography that connects the beach with the surrounding streets, located at an upper level. The resulting space integrates pedestrian, urban and beach spaces in a coherent manner. Two indoor boulevards run underground and provide access to other amenities such as a wellness center, beach facilities and a sailing school. The claim “Under the pavers, the beach” perfectly expresses the aspirations of freedom and fun of an entire generation. Our proposal aims to rescue the informality of that beach without sacrificing the comfort of the pavers.

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