Connected to the foyer of an elegant luxury hotel, the Café de la Reina or “BUR-BU-JA-JA” adds a colorful and casual note to the complex. A cafeteria during the day, the space transforms into a sophisticated cocktail bar at night, the patrons immersed in iridescent aquatic colors.
A long curved green bar runs through the space, while “seaweed” camouflages the curtain wall and the mundane view of the city beyond, dissolving it into small fragments of an organic, aquatic world. Smoothly curved walls with reflecting belts, circular benches and round tables create a sensual atmosphere where space and movement interact.
Belén Moneo, Jeffrey Brock
Andrea Caputo, María Pierres, Sandra Formigo, Andrés Barrón, Spencer Leaf and Silvia Fernández
This project for a small hotel and spa at the site of thermal springs in the foothills of the volcano Barú in Panamá was prepared for a private client. Our work began with a profound study of the existing site conditions.
We found the general area of the springs to be a place full of promise. Besides being home to the thermal springs, the site lies on the banks of the river Caldarés and is covered with exuberant vegetation. This site also presented challenges, however, with a difficult access complicated by the prevalence of areas with ultra-high water tables.
Taking some cues from the remains of historic structures on the site and considering issues of access, proximity to the river and the condition of the existing vegetation, we identified the development site along a mild ridge slightly down-slope from the springs and close to the river’s edge.
Given the uniformly mild climate of the area, we planned the project as a series of pavilions strung along the ridge and connected by a network of covered. The simplified architectural language of opaque planes, screen walls and glass walls ties the whole together, allowing us to manipulate views and to control the privacy of the different areas and rooms between the entry at one end of the project and the distant hot pools at the opposite end.
The result is an extended, elaborate structure interspersed with vegetation and open areas, giving visitors a sense that they are truly living in the marvelous natural landscape they have come to enjoy.
Sr. González Revilla
Belén Moneo, Jeffrey Brock
The project is located in the Plaza de la Vila in the Majorcan municipality of Sencelles, a highly representative space for the town as it concentrates the parish, the Town Hall, the post office and other important premises for day-to-day life in one place of the sencelleres and sencellers.
During the 20th century and the beginning of the 21st this space has been partially used as a parking area. The competition proposed by the City Hall contemplated the need to recover this space for the citizens and to be able to host events such as markets, dances, processions, etc. The important citizen participation has been essential to better understand the needs of the people and offer a more complete and consistent response.
The new public space, surrounded by narrow streets and in the historic center of Sencelles, is a large meeting area for the enjoyment of all citizens. In summer, the new vegetation and pergola areas offer shelter from the high temperatures with large cool shaded areas. In winter, the deciduous vegetation allows the direct entry of the sun, which illuminates and heats the large space.
One of the most important parts of the transformation of the square into a space for the 21st century is to achieve universal accessibility. A new pedestrian ramp connects the different levels of the square, and also allows everyone to access the parish of San Pere, whose origins date back to the year 1236.
The ramp is integrated into a stepped stone grandstand, which looks towards the pergolas and offers seating for the different events that are held in the square.
The design is based on several concepts that allow us to talk about a sustainable project: Reuse, use of local materials and techniques, and passive measures to control temperature and improve comfort.
The reuse and protection of those elements with sentimental value for sencellers. The existing vegetation has been maintained, and part of the old stone paving has been reused. In addition, traditional sculptures and reliefs feature prominently and are framed by the new landscape.
All the materials and plant species that have been introduced are of a local nature, and give their best in the Mediterranean climate. In addition, the island's richness in terms of crafts and construction techniques has been decisive in the construction process, and allows us to speak of a totally local production and a Majorcan character.
A good example of this are the new benches that have been designed for the Plaça and that add notes of color to the whole.
Ayuntamiento de Sencelles
Sencelles, Mallorca, Spain
5009,8 ft ²
Belén Moneo, Jeff Brock
Francisco Blázquez, Federico Pérez
This sustainable proposal seeks to preserve and revitalize the ecosystem of the River Tajo, recuperating this natural area for the enjoyment of all citizens of Talavera pointing out the possibility this Tajo Natural Park, beginning in Talavera, can grow, adding territories and cities in such a way that, in a few years, we could follow the river from the Guadarrama mountain to its mouth in Lisbon.
The project is understood as a series of interventions, all consisting with this promising idea. The River’s protagonism in the Talavera de la Reina cityscape will be reasserted. It will be made accessible for the enjoyment of all citizens through a series of interventions and activities that bring the natural landscape of the river closer to the city. Finally, this park could become a tourist attraction for Talavera at a national level, as a supra-municipal infrastructure, with economic and social opportunities for the whole city.
The proposed solutions and objectives include sustainable measures to improve water quality, recover the habitats and species of this section of the Tajo River, improve the landscape and enable an increase in the use of the river and its banks in forms commensurate with the conservation of its biodiversity and its landscape. Opening the project to citizen participation should furthermore serve to achieve greater knowledge of the river’s history and evolution.
It is intended that the river be for "all" in the broadest sense; allowing the growth of the vegetation and the complex of habitats specific to the place, sheltering numerous autochthonous species of flora and fauna, improving and recovering the enormously attractive scenic landscapes of the river and its fertile plain, and allowing access by the citizens of and visitors to Talavera to the shores and islands for their use and enjoyment. In short, it is about achieving a Natural and Human River Landscape Park.
Confederación hidrográfica del Tajo y Ayuntamiento de Talavera de la Reina
Talavera de la Reina
MONEO BROCK, BLASCO ESPARZA, EIN
Irene Alberdi, Mathilde Noirot