This proposal is located on Echentive beach also known as Ancon beach, where Fuente Santa spring arises. Fuencaliente Township, has a protected natural area called “Volcanes de Teneguía”.
Craters, fields of ash, lava flows, the Atlantic, the setting sun and the constant risk of volcanic eruptions. Can you demand more from a place?
The intervention is based on the landscape, on the suggestive black volcanic mass falling into the sea. Two mechanisms are used. First the adaptation to the complicated topography by autonomous chained elements on the slope. Second, the contrast; the black texture is accentuatedwith white elements and clear geometry.
The pieces in the black landscape create a path to the beach, toward the sea, toward the horizon. The contrast between the black, organic and rough rock and the polished and white geometric parts is essential in the intervention. Close to those interventions of the Land Art artistslike Michael Heizer.
¿HOW DO WE UNDERSTAND THE INTERVENTION?
The intervention is seen as a geometric game inserted into the black volcanic magma stone.A downward promenade towards the sea, a set of lookout terraces on the horizon. Downward to the sea promenade, a set of lookout terraces on the horizon. Six ways to enjoy the scenery-six hot options tailored to the terrain. Six white parts embedded in the black. Items transported arising or suggested.
The program develops in two levels: planes, platforms and white terraces in surface.
The volume is built downward, below ground, inlaid and in related with the land. A white and black maze.
Autonomous sets are proposed, different options for the visitor. There are six sets, “islands” with different thermal uses, looking for different options and sensations. The scheme is the same in each piece; a white platform is built, in contrast with the volcanic matter. On the platform different pools and reservoirs are disposed, solarium and shaded areas, always looking at the horizon, the sea and west. Below ground the different thermal uses typical of the spas are disposed distributed according to the different configurations of each “island” option; different types of saunas, Hammam, cold and hot areas, steam, cold or hot baths, showers, jets, massage, aeromassage, cures, Jacuzzi, steamoven, nebulizations, hyper salt pools, etc. In the thermal area, the buried part of the program, the light is controlled, creating specific spaces, by aerial light or controlled from the side walls.
Each of the six sets has an ambient and different uses in its down area. This way, the visitors can choose different options and uses. Go over the ensemble looking for different options.
The promenades and elements. The ensemble is presented as a ensemble, like a promenade where the walker/visitor is going to be discovering, on its way to the lowest level of the beach, different installations with different options.
The roads are presented as straight cuts within the solidified black magma.
The units are sustainable in its design, pools and outdoor terraces and buried baths, consuming the minimum energy and taking advantage of the thermal water of the spring of Fuente Santa.
Sic islands are proposed. The first one, close to the entry. The other five sets/islands are proposed differentiated and contain the spas. We propose some of the many possible options.
A_ black, built inside with black volcanic stone, dark, disturbing.
B_ white, built inside with white marble, bright, cold.
C_ wood, covered inside with different woods, warm, organic.
D_ red, covered inside with red sandstone, different, suggestive.
E_ brilliant, tiled inside with ceramics and covered with opaque glass, bright, smooth.
The first part is the stairs building which connects the road entry level with the level where the spas starts to develop. At its top, a large terrace with pools and cafeteria dominates this installation; it’s the place where different events are going to be celebrated. On the lower floor, altitude 16, the program of the different spas is located, changing rooms with direct access, café, restaurant, offices, nursing, installations and warehouses. This last level is directly connected to the platform and the land on which the spas are developed, so the promenade is continuous. The building also contains the parking for approximately 150 vehicles (depends on the built levels) in its intermediate level. From the road entry level a parking building develops from altitude 32 to 22 with three levels.