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Sumit Singhal
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.

“El Coso” Garden and Business Incubator in Murcia, Spain by Cómo Crear Historias

 
July 19th, 2016 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Cómo Crear Historias

Known as “El Coso”, the place was a great void at the back of the old part Cehegín (Murcia, Spain). After a big snow storm in the 1950s, many of the houses of this neighborhood collapsed or were damaged, leaving that big, sloped empty space. Besides this, the old part of Cehegín seemed to lack inhabitable gardens. The city needs to breathe through them.

Image Courtesy © David Frutos

Image Courtesy © David Frutos

  • Architects: Cómo Crear Historias (Mónica García Fernández and Javier Rubio Montero)
  • Project: “El Coso” Garden and Business Incubator
  • Location: Cehegín, Murcia, Spain
  • Photography: David Frutos
  • Quantity surveyor: Patricia León de la Cruz
  • Structural engineering: Dolores Romám
  • Mechanical engineering: AGM ingenieros, José Alberto García Fernández
  • Safety and health coordinator: Antonio Martínez Sánchez
  • Owner/ developer: Municipality of the city of Cehegín
  • Contractor: Jose Diaz Garcia S.A.
  • Budget (Materials and execution works): 3.111.262 €
  • Total area: 4.436 m2
  • Project start date: 2003
  • Construction period: 2011-2015

Image Courtesy © David Frutos

Image Courtesy © David Frutos

We collect the rain water and the waste water from the sewing network in the high part of the site. The water goes along a pond network with riparian plants with the purpose of producing clean water. The result is used to irrigate the rest of the plants in the garden.

Image Courtesy © David Frutos

Image Courtesy © David Frutos

Image Courtesy © David Frutos

Image Courtesy © David Frutos

We  located the “desire paths”, made by the footsteps of the neighbours, the ones who tried to walk through to the other side. By tracing the paths based on those tracks on the ground, the streets on the borders were connected by using comfortable slopes, making the paths accessible for all the neighbours. Green colour floods the hard floors and tints the facades of the adjacent buildings.

Image Courtesy © David Frutos

Image Courtesy © David Frutos

Image Courtesy © David Frutos

Image Courtesy © David Frutos

The contractor and the municipal officials were able to contract local workers for developing many of the tasks. Even several of them were former inhabitants of the dwellings that collapsed in that neighborhood.

Image Courtesy © David Frutos

Image Courtesy © David Frutos

Image Courtesy © David Frutos

Image Courtesy © David Frutos

We hid a building in a pocket of the walk path. The building gives its roof to the park’s paths network and hosts a business incubator. This way, the park will be able to produce new jobs and recycled water, two important and scarce resources, given the current situation of the town and the Region.

The result is a garden that produces water, where flora attracts fauna.

Image Courtesy © David Frutos

Image Courtesy © David Frutos

Image Courtesy © David Frutos

Image Courtesy © David Frutos

Image Courtesy © David Frutos

Image Courtesy © David Frutos

Image Courtesy © David Frutos

Image Courtesy © David Frutos

Image Courtesy © David Frutos

Image Courtesy © David Frutos

Image Courtesy © David Frutos

Image Courtesy © David Frutos

Image Courtesy © Cómo Crear Historias

Image Courtesy © Cómo Crear Historias

Image Courtesy © Cómo Crear Historias

Image Courtesy © Cómo Crear Historias

Image Courtesy © Cómo Crear Historias

Image Courtesy © Cómo Crear Historias

Image Courtesy © Cómo Crear Historias

Image Courtesy © Cómo Crear Historias

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