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Las Negras, Almería, Spain

Friday 15 Apr 2011

Nature meets the urban realm

All images courtesy of JesusTorres 
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JesúsTorres examines the inspiration behind the redevelopment of Las Negras in Spain 

The landscape of this Almeria area has been used as a scenic backdrop for forty years: from the Spaghetti Westerns The Good, the Bad and the Ugly and A Fistful of Dollars, to modest productions such as How I won the war by Richard Lester.

The fact that such an abundance of artists agrees in the choice of this enclave as a setting for their creations has given the architect an idea of its scenic quality. The isolation and the lack of development of this region have also helped.

The example of ‘Las Negras’ elicits a considerate approach to the public element; the choice of materials has been decisive in consolidating the work within its urban interaction: the wood of the structure and the coverings of perimeter benches encourage a pleasant treatment favouring its consolidation.

There is a symmetrical psychology in the human treatment that is applied to the use and the form of the material as a means of the object’s expression. This reflection refers to the natural element; the sound of the sea, the material and shape of natural elements, the vegetation, the geological configurations, as well as the settings of interest.

Here the architect becomes a mediator or translator of the values of the context. Possibly, the answer to these questions would be in a natural conception of the urban landscape, formally spontaneous and amply influenced by its scientific nature: processes, hierarchies and natural materialities.

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