Seafront of Benidorm / CARLOS FERRATER – XAVIER MARTÍ GALÍ – OAB

Seafront of benidorm / carlos ferrater – xavier martí galí – oab

Benidorm is perhaps the singlemost paradigmatic Spanish city of the massive industry of leisure and tourism, a city of an extremely high density concentrated in a tiny territory. This model has shown itself to be more efficient than others that position the deterioration of huge tracts of land, towns that are empty for nine months of the year, almost impossible to maintain.

In the competition for the remodeling of the 1.5-kilometer-long West Beach Promenade, we proposed a radical innovation in terms of what different promenades the world over have hitherto been. Not only a borderline of protection, a hinge between town and sea, the construction will be a public place that is conducive to many different activities.

Seafront of benidorm / carlos ferrater – xavier martí galí – oab

The promenade, a place with a life of its own, has organic lines, a reminder of natural wave forms that generate an ensemble of honeycombed surfaces that juggle light and shadow, a series of convexities and concavities that gradually construct a set of platforms and levels that provide areas for play, meeting, leisure or contemplation.

Seafront of benidorm / carlos ferrater – xavier martí galí – oab

Its layout will resolve the natural runoff of rainwater, allow for the support of collectors and infrastructure networks, eliminate architectonic barriers, link the beach with the underground car parks and thus become a complex strip of transition between the town and beach.

Seafront of benidorm / carlos ferrater – xavier martí galí – oab

This scheme, originating in an aleatory decision to work with curvilinear braids (structured in intermediary layers and platforms), does not obey the laws of chance but establishes a number of fixed geometric laws and modulates to facilitate the logic of its construction.
Similar in origin to the strategy employed in the Barcelona Botanical Garden, the strategy here assumes a life of its own. The curved fabrics are gradually plaited woven together, obtaining forms of fusion by following a few rigorous geometric norms.
The surfaces of the promenade intersect, move off and change level, thus generating jutting platforms and concave and convex shapes without ever invading the area of sand.

Project Details:
DATE COMPETITION: Primer Premio JUNE 2002
CONSTRUCTION: 2006-2009
TYPE: PUBLIC LANDSCAPE
LOCATION: Benidrom – Spain
CLIENT: GENERALITAT VALENCIANA – AJUNTAMENT DE BENIDORM
AUTHOR: CARLOS FERRATER – XAVIER MARTÍ GALÍ. OAB www.ferrater.com
STRUCTURE: JUAN CALVO. PONDIO
CONSTRUCTION: ECISA- DRAGADOS
COLLABORATOR: LUCA CERULLO
PHOTOGRAPHER: ALEJO BAGUÉ

Aline Chahine
Aline is an international licensed architect currently practicing in Canada, she is the reason you are reading this right now, Aline founded the platform back in 2008 shaping the very foundation of Architecture Lab, her exemplary content curation process that defines the online magazine today.
Aline Chahine
Aline Chahine
Aline is an international licensed architect currently practicing in Canada, she is the reason you are reading this right now, Aline founded the platform back in 2008 shaping the very foundation of Architecture Lab, her exemplary content curation process that defines the online magazine today. Highlights Aline founded Architecture Lab in 2008 Lead editor of dan | dailyarchnews since 2019 Founded and Creative Director of DesignRaid Licensed architect with creative sales and marketing experience Experience As full-fledged architect, Aline's background involved a great deal of research that lead to the creation of Architecture Lab as an online database of exemplary design. Her experience snowballed into founding two architecture platforms, Architecture Lab and DesignRaid. Education Aline received USEK’s Master of Architecture in 2004 and BA in English from the University of Toronto
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