Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, ES
The island of Lanzarote is considered one of the most extreme landscapes in the world, often used to emulate lunar landscapes in movies and for many scientific studies. This is an inert area, inhospitable and bleak, produced as a result of volcanic eruptions that gave rise to the Canary Islands. This particular island has retained much of that initial metamorphosis, like a natural time capsule, an unmatched volcanic landscape.
The study for the possible location of an International Museum of Volcanoes inside the Timanfaya Natural Park is a contradiction itself since at the beginning of the commission many questions were raised about the importance of this landscape. As a result it was imperative to create a proposal that does not alter it.
The proposal begins by studying the altitudes of volcanoes and craters, paying special attention to their alignments and preset promenades. Following this study, we found the "cracked mountain", a mountain of considerable size with a crater inside, aligned in the exact position as the other craters. I’ve selected this site to intervene not only for its strategic positioning, but for its accessibility and convenience of scale and dimensions.
As if it were a geological operation, the excavation of the pure rock with clean cuts, would be needed in order to create non-organic spaces that can correspond with the geometric shapes and still meet the demands of visiting groups. These excavations will continue in the same way as does the outline of a volcano, considering content and lower bags interconnected by vents that ultimately lead to the outside. The parallel between nature and the proposal once again serves as a criticism of what a human presence in the site would mean.
There is no other material than the rock itself, which lets the natural colors speak for themselves and in turn, exposes the different levels of geological evolution of the mountain. Throughout all the rooms, the implementation of red LED screen panels was considered in order to parallel the flow of written information with the natural flow of lava. It is meant to remind the visitor by metaphoric means to represent the meaning of time as compared on this planet with age and evolution.
The building is only perceived from the access in the interior of the crater, where a dynamic facade shows the evolution of the topography, as well as through the vent openings on the outside to see the majesty of the natural park.
Full Project Info: http://www.jg-rd.com/12138/152693/work/imov
Status: Competition Entry
Location: Arrecife, ES
My Role: Design Architect