ENTRE EL AGUA Y LA ROCA
Universidad Politécnica de Madrid
ARCHITECTURE,URBAN DESIGN,LANDSCAPE DESIGN
Lighthouse, port and square
Over time, water has shaped the Basque coast, defining where men build settlements. Masterpieces occur in extreme situations such as the Peine del Viento and the Kursaal, which concentrate the essence of the place and its relationship with the sea.
Pasajes was born from a radical geographical accident, firstly inhabited as a fishing village and later as an industrial port: two characters that collide. All that unites them are the water and the mountain. Then a rock appears, concentrating the monumental natural presence of the place, an inhabited rock, which has been eroded by water, wind, and especially the course of time. It is a lighthouse, a port and a square. It reveals itself in a privileged and unique situation from which it controls and is controlled from all points of the bay.
Everything found in nature seems chaotic, but after a deep study everything has a mathematical and rational structure with a defined order. The piece, therefore, rises on the water with 31 pillars, forming an orthogonal and ordered fabric, thus concentrating the structure as well as the communications and facilities, and freeing the intermediate space.
It is made up of five areas that function independently, both structurally and programmatically. They all have a programme related to water: a sports centre, a thermal bath, a playground and a research centre, connected by an independent building and complemented by a shopping and entertainment area and an exhibition area.
There is a tension between the concave and the convex, between the cave and the crater, both forming part of a single large piece, but inhabited in very different ways.