The Baths at Panticosa are located in the dramatic Valle del Tena in the Pyrenees of Aragon, where mountain peaks near the project site hold snow throughout the year. Waterfalls, rivers and streams cut the surface of the mountains and the valleys, while underground the aquifer mixes with thermal springs from deep beneath the surface of the earth.
In designing the Baths building we have sought a balanced response to the natural setting on one hand and to the urbanized context on the other. The structure is built up to (and, in places, into) the side of the mountain, integrating its volume with that of its natural setting. To its neighbors, a church and a hotel, the building design offers a neutral response, moderately acknowledging the traditional space-making of these rectilinear blocks disposed orthogonally to one another. A series of curving walls or "ribbons" define the building's exterior form. These "ribbons" spring from the mountainside and terminate equally, while between them are green roof surfaces in a series of terraces, forming an extension of the mountain landscape. This ‘watery’ shape gives a reduced appearance of bulk, and results in a structure that is thoroughly integrated into the mountain landscape.
The façade is built of a custom-made glass block, trapezoidal in section, acid etched both inside and out. This block’s form was designed to accentuate the curvilinear aspect of the façade, the overlapping of each block course over the one below creating a shadow line that reiterates the planimetric curve of the façade.
|Sanchinarro Sports Center|
|Pere Garau Market|
|Museum of Reconciliation|
|Peabody Essex Museum|
|Architects||BelÚn Moneo, Jeff Brock|
|MBS Staff:||Iñigo Cobeta, Eduardo Vivanco, Mathias Schütte,David Gosh, Silvia Ferdizz, Andrés Barrón, Benjamín Llana, Bárbara Silva, Carlos Revuelta, Andrea Caputo, Sandra Formigo, Spencer Leaf, Maria Pierres, Clara Moneo, Brenda Moczygemba|
|Client:||Luis Nozaleda, NOZAR|
|Project Coordinator:||Jesús Manzanares|
|Structural Engineer:||NB35, Jesús Jiménez|
|Wellness Consultant:||Leo Pruimboom, Saskia Volger|
|Photographer:||Luis Asín, Jeff Brock, Roland Halbe|
|Garden and Playspace|
|Works with Rafael Moneo:|
|Hudson ST Loft|
|Greenwich ST Loft|
|Broome ST Loft|
|Abantos house, El Escorial|
|Sevilla la Nueva House|