Located on the edge of the city in a rapidly changing neighbourhood marked by its industrial past, the still visible traces of which, in the form of elegant chimneys, punctuate Malaga’s beach, the site offers undeniable advantages in regard to its inscription in a dynamic which will transform it into a new hub: the proximity of the sea, the airport, and a major natural space, as well as a direct link to the downtown area via an expressway.
But what image should be given to the site, a future bridge between the city and the sea? How should the connection between town planning, architecture and landscape be established? What lifestyles should be suggested “between the city and the sea”?
To reply to these questions, we have decided to tell three stories which are all part of a greater vision. Seen from the sea, the project is a landscape of hills that provides a strong gesture in regard to its existing environment. Seen from the sky, a delta traverses the hills and opens the city onto the sea. Seen from the land, there is a good deal of commercial activity, a variety of different programmes, and a range of living styles all sheltered under a protective canopy.
Sea, Sky, Earth To reply to these questions, we have decided to tell three stories which are all part of a greater vision. Seen from the sea, the project is a landscape of hills that provides a strong gesture in regard to its existing environment. Seen from the sky, a delta traverses the hills and opens the city onto the sea. Seen from the land, there is a good deal of commercial activity, a variety of different programmes, and a range of living styles all sheltered under a protective canopy.
The Delta The Delta, created by the rambla which traverses the site, opens the city onto the sea. From an urban perspective, the major roadway leading to the park will be extended. Historically, the Delta, with its green areas, makes it possible to highlight the site’s industrial heritage: the old factory chimney. From an environmental point of view, it creates a place with a unique ecosystem, protected from the wind, the heat, and the sun.
Local inspiration Natural sites around Malaga : - Unstable limestone rocks, the El Torca National Park of Antequera - one of the most important karst landscapes in Europe - Playa de la Caleta, Malaga
The inhabited hills From the Delta, the inhabited hills overlooking the site rise skyward, providing sea views to all users. These new urban forms offer a wide variety of lifestyles: on the sides of the hills in a villa; on the top of a hill with a magnificent view of the sea; or in the hills and their shared, protected spaces, like an amphitheatre sheltered from the wind, and equipped with refreshing swimming pools.
Morphology Particular attention has been paid to sustainable development. The location of the buildings is designed to ensure that masking effects are avoided. The vegetal barrier provided by the Delta prevents a Venturi effect; the constructions are compact, thermally efficient, and economic from the point of view of the materials used. Indeed, materials will be locally sourced, water needs minimized, and the site’s natural resources (wind and sun) transformed into energy.
Public spaces Surrounding the hills, the public space is a large mineral area defined by the retail outlets that border it. Free movement with no physical or visual obstacles for users, added to the reversibility of retail outlets will ensure the success of the commercial operation. In terms of landscape, the space takes its inspiration from Andalusian gardens. It is divided into three areas: an area on higher ground, shaded by pine trees and palm trees; an intermediary area characterised by the odours of jasmin and orange, etc., and an area situated on lower ground; cooled by fountains and water features.