Renovation of Paseo Colon

The rearrangement intends to enhance pedestrian access to the coast of Martiánez and to the Artificial Lake -a water complex design by renowned artist Cesar Manrique- by means of expanding the walking areas at the expense of car traffic. For this purpose the avenue is laid out as a single platform of paving for the use of pedestrians, with a zone for pedestrians-only and a zone with time controlled access for service vehicles. The cutting of basalt – material chosen for paving- is structured according to different rhythms and different orders, from arbitrary quartering to lattice geometries.

The main objective of the intervention is to obtain free space in a very clogged area, so the design strategy is a question of removing more than adding. The paving of the pedestrians-only zone is solved with irregularly straight cut basalt, interspersing sporadically white concrete figures inspired by the archipelago’s indigenous petroglyphs, seeking dialogue with the organic forms used by Cesar Manrique at the design of the lake. These forms are either flush on the pavement or extruded to become benches. To smooth the transition between the urban edge and the shore stands a row of canary palm trees of large size, which redefine the urban facade towards the sea. At night a grid of lighting points embedded on the pavement manifest the geometry of this area of Puerto de la Cruz, establishing a visual connection with the nocturnal spider-net of lights that one can see in the distant views of the north coast of Tenerife.

Client: Ayuntamiento de Puerto de la Cruz , Sociedad de Promoción Exterior de Tenerife. (Public Administration)

Location: Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife. Spain

Construction Company: NECSO Entrecanales y Cubiertas S.A.

Built Area: 8.870 m²

Project Date: June 1995

End Of Works: February 2001

Budget: 1.376.617,97 €

Architect: Cristina González Vázquez de Parga | Federico García Barba |Ángel García Palmas

Rigger: Antonio Hernández Santos | Francisco González Herrera


Awards: Accessible Architecture Award 2003. Cabildo de Tenerife | Honorable Mention. Agustín de Betancourt Prize for the best public works. November 2001 | Selected Work Architecture Prize Manuel Oraá and Arocha 2000-2001

Publications: Diseño de la Ciudad Magazine, nº 33 Pags. 21-26 | Catalogue X Edition Prix Regional Architecture Awards of the Canary Islands. 2002 Pags. 106-107

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