The project, located in the coastal town of Alcossebre, is part of a Strategic Plan for Tourism Developmet in agreement with the Polytechnic University of Valencia and whose purpose is to promote tourism in the area through small spaces, buildings and activities of design.
The intervention is in the Paseo Vista Alegre, a privileged way along the promenade. It aims to eliminate the permanent traffic street, peatonalizar the vial, and renovate the small tourist office.
The implementation of the Strategic Plan for Tourism Design has resulted in a series of specific works in the village with a global vision, renewing its image and enhancing the development of local tourism.
It has created a benchmark in the city, which all kind of amenities such as restaurants, shops, etc … Design as added value of urban and architectural renovation. The ultimate purpose of the action is to promote the area as a tourist attraction using ceramic as the main material.
In addition, it gives a boost to the main industry in the region of Castellón, with a clear social interest. Technical products Three different types of ceramics, with different thicknesses, formats, colours, finishes and applications are used:
1. A technical porcelain pavement was used for the Paseo Vista Alegre promenade, from Urbatek (Porcelanosa Group), that allows a moderate traffic, in 30×60, 20×60, 10×60 and finished in Black , Grey and White .
The multiple combinations of sizes and finishes provide infinite possibilities, thereby generating a new urban fabric on the pavement.
2. The tourist office´s project is inspired by the Mediterranean lattice, used in many of the seafront buildings from the 60s and 70s. A white glazed ceramic lattice was placed, forming three semi-transparent walls of different length around the building, to give it more presence.
These lattice walls filter the light, the views and the breeze, improving thermal and lighting comfort and offering a new urban landscape.
3. The third ceramic element was used to create an airy façade, like a second skin enveloping the tourist office, to improve its living conditions, and solve the aesthetic problems posed by current enclosures. This façade also purifies the air by removing NOx. Source by sanahuja&partners.
Location: Paseo Vista Alegre, Alcossebre, Spain
Principal: Juan Trilles, Erik Herrera y Javier Poyatos
Project Team: Miguel Bartolomé
Developer: Ayuntamiento de Alcalá de Xivert-Alcossebre
Contractor: Obras y consturcciones Jesús Sales
Area: 1.500 m2
Oficina de turismo: 85 m2
Photographs: Joan Guillamat, Courtesy of sanahuja&partners
Article by Marco Rinaldi