Huelva. Spain

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Estuary promenade in Huelva port

Elías Torres y José Antonio Martínez Lapeña

FAD Awards finalist 2017  City & Landscape
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The fragility of the landscape in the historic riverside setting of this project has been addressed with the experience and knowledge of these architects, who are the authors of some of the most interesting architectural productions undertaken in the public spacet.
The Port of Huelva has offered the city the new Promenade along the estuary which has thus become the city front leading to the river Odiel, the future urban extension situated on the left bank of the estuary next to and along Avenida de Montenegro
The promenade, with an average width of eighty metres, is a kilometre long along the river front, occupying what had hitherto been a stony, muddy area. Its width is that of the old port docks, so that at low tide the mud is almost invisible owing to the perforated concrete skirt of the vertical coastal shelf above the water.
This public space reclaimed from the river is divided into two zones, one occupied by islands of different amoeboid shapes, covered in undulating green dunes planted with stone pines –which replicate the landscape of the protected marshland park on the right bank of the river—with intercalated lampposts, banks and kiosks for bars and services. Prominent among them are four elevations with different undulating shapes that configure as many three-tier amphitheatres. They are partly covered by thin concrete pergolas supported by steel columns, shaping another type of floating amoebas that, situated in the green dune area, face the river Odiel.
The other area, free of parterres and constructions, is twenty-five metres wide for strolling in liberty in the proximity of the river. This area limits the edge of the water with a guardrail, a replica of the one in the old port.
All the spaces not occupied by green parterres are cobbled in strips of five different colours that evoke the colourful earth of the Riotinto mines, strips that are superposed on each other like festoons.
The promenade narrows and weaves its way towards the old mineral loading bay of the mines, a protected work of industrial archaeology, to emphasise its presence on the landscape.

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Localización Location: Huelva. Spain. Autores Authors: José Antonio Martínez Lapeña y Elías Torres Tur, arquitectos (Martínez Lapeña – Torres Arquitectos S.L.P.). Aparejador Quantity Surveyor: Juan Castro Fuertes. Colaboradores estudio Studio Collaborators: Pau Badia, Alexandre Borrás, Carla Coromina, David Costa, Borja José Gutiérrez, Jordi Hernández, Yuki Kotake, Marc Marí, Francesc Martínez, Aureli Mora, Adrià Orriols, Roger Panadès, Maria Jesús Quintero, Jose San Martin, Luis Valiente y Jennifer Vera. Estructuras Structures: STATIC Ingeniería S.A. Instalaciones Installations: Consulting Oficina Tècnica Lluís J. Duart, S.L. Promotor Developer: Puerto de Huelva y Autoridad Portuaria de Huelva. Constructora General Contractor: SANDO (1ª fase) y SERANCO (2ª fase). Redacción proyecto Project Draft: 2008-2012. Inicio obras Start of works: 2012 (1ª y 2ª fase), 3ª fase por ejecutar. Fecha de finalización de la obra Completion date of the works: 2016 (1ª y 2ª fase). Superficie construida Built area: 89.710,00m2. Fotografía Photography: Lourdes Jansana y SANDO.
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Pavimento de adoquines prefabricados: Tefesa
Cubiertas especiales de junta alzada en cobre y zinc: Cubiertas y Decoraciones Quevedo Gracia
Quioscos monolíticos prefabricados: AG Premoldeados
José Antonio Martínez Lapeña
Elías Torres Tur
Lourdes Jansana