The Baths at Panticosa are located in the dramatic Valle del Tena in the Pyrenees of Aragon, where mountain peaks near the project site hold snow throughout the year. Waterfalls, rivers, and streams cut the surface of the mountains and the valleys, while underground the aquifer mixes with thermal springs from deep beneath the surface of the earth. In designing the Baths building there was sought a balanced response to the natural setting on one hand and the urbanized context on the other. The structure is built up to (and, in places, into) the side of the mountain, integrating its volume with that of the natural setting. To its neighbors, a church and a hotel, the building design offers a neutral facade, moderately acknowledging the traditional space-making of these rectilinear blocks disposed orthogonally onto one another. A series of curving walls or "ribbons" define the building's exterior form. These ribbons spring from the mountainside and terminate equally, while between them are green roof surfaces in a series of terraces forming an extension of the mountain landscape. Thus the majority of my work, in this very involved building project, consisted in detailing these features--where green roof, ribbon wall, and mountain harmonize. Further negotiating the locations of these components respective to the constantly changing position in space. On the interior I helped to develop a similarly ribbon-like series of spiral staircases, as well to move along a complexity of room finishes.
Location: Panticosa, ES