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SAN SEBASTIAN, PAIS VASCO, SPAIN

RIBA Thalassotherapy center

2012

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HONORABLE MENTION

II COMPETITION ARQLANTIA

AWARD:

The coast is the territory with the biggest transformation inside the Spanish State with performances and projects, as being the main against it. It is necessary to recover the profile of the coastal area, to restore the original coastline, to restore the naturalness of it. (… )
This is the reason why the project listens to the marine conditions and the terrestrial ones,… taking advantage of these and offering a bathing area depending on its environmental zone.
- In the sea, a series of floating hulls allow to be taken by temporality, a place with changeable movements, a contingent space.
- Ashore, the breaking of the concrete zones discovers a hidden rocky platform that appears in front of the cliff forming a part of the ' Ulía's Mountain ' folds. The removal of that remaining concrete zone, will allow the incorporation of a shipyard that will also allow the sea to enter the place as originally.
Like in a cogwheel system, all the pools are in contact one with another allowing the continuous movement according to current intensity until they are parallel to each other and parallel to the predominant current.
The low tide will bring to light an important richness. These living being will remain aground next to the pools, by the best flysch in the world.