Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
Europan 11 San Bartolome 1st Prize Geologia Rurbana
January 20th, 2012 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: CUAC Arquitectura
In the island of Lanzarote two ways of volcanic landscape transformation converge: the rhythm of the earth and the rhythm of human life. We can talk about coexistence and overlapping of changing processes that belong to different scales: the geological and the urban one. The agriculture has turned people into powerful agents of ‘displacement of material’, as powerful as the wind which they protect themselves from.
The project takes the idea of accumulation and overlapping of layers in the landscape construction. We take the reference of a geological section from a site adjacent to our sector for the development of the proposal, planning a ‘perforated basement’ and an architecture that has the ability of recognizing the strata in which it is inserted.
DEVELOPMENT OF THE PROYECT
Several elements that structure the territory were found in the area; “low walls” that protect from the wind, sand barriers, cisterns for storing rainwater for irrigation, tanks for homes, etc.. We consider these pre-existing elementsvaluable for the landscape development. Moving away from a static conception of the idea ofnatural heritage, we decided to integrate this “infrastructure” to a new system to facilitate the interconnection of cisterns. A new element called “volcanic ditch“, which is a hybrid of the formerly irrigationwater lines and the low walls of volcanic stone, is created.
Densification of edges is a strategy that can be found both in the preparation of the land, and the growth of the houses built by contiguity between boundaries and agricultural zoning. To avoid an excessive fragmentation of the plots by roads, destroying the identity of the blocks of SanBartolomé, we propose the creation of new public servicesbetween orchards.
The strategy for inhabiting thelandscape responds to the logic of the traditional buildings of this village, transformed through a process of occupation of several houses inside a bigger one. In this way, we use as a model an existing house in the area which could shelter five different social houses.
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