Beca Arquideas 2013

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B2013 - 1347
us United States
1 members
Lily Meier

Like the ocean tides that surround its coast, Tenerife is governed by a constant ebb and flow of people, activity, and economy. The island’s population fluctuates with the coming and going of tourist seasons, and its market echoes the boom-and-bust pattern of the global economy.

Unfortunately, optimistic development during the housing boom led to the rapid construction of thousands of residential properties that were inevitably left unfinished and vacant in the subsequent economic bust. With no regard for the fluctuating nature of its site, this hasty residential-specific development is detrimental to the environment and susceptible to the rise and fall of population and economy.

With the next wave of economic stability comes the opportunity to transform the abandoned residential development into a valuable community space through the repurposing of its existing structures into a thalassotherapy spa and restorative garden.

By pairing the spa and restorative garden on the same site, the architecture becomes multi-functional: large communal spaces serve both programs, the garden simultaneously restores the vibrant ecology and creates a therapeutic environment for the spa, and residences serve as accommodations for both spa visitors and the garden horticulturists. Simple barriers redefine the harsh line between public and private space, and the blurring of garden trails into the residential porches allows for exterior spaces to function with and without the seasonal inhabitants.

In addition to sharing buildings and land, the spa and garden share and recycle resources. After fresh water is used in the thalassotherapy showers and pools, it is filtered on site and reused in the greenhouse and garden where it is naturally reabsorbed into the soil. Additionally, plantings throughout the sloped site and a small marsh at its base alleviate excessive run-off into the neighborhood and ocean below. The building minimizes its environmental impact by taking advantage of Tenerife’s tropical climate and implementing sustainable energy methods, including photovoltaic roofing and natural ventilation.

Through the recycling of abandoned structures, architecture is reintegrated as a sustainable and dynamic component of the site that facilitates and encourages the fluctuation of nature, people, and activity.

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