Europan 11 – Lanzarotte

Recreating a form of rural existence

The identity of Lanzarotte is given, not only by its omnipresent geological past, fascinating for tourists, but also by its inhabitants’ determination to tame this hostile nature and transform it into a fertile environment. Even if, nowadays, the economic importance of agriculture on Lanzarotte is rapidly diminishing , we believe that a long-term development vision of the island should also focus on preserving the historical occupations and traditional ways of life of the indigenous population. Therefore, our project focuses on the recreation of a form of rural existence, certainly different of the traditional agricultural life of past generations but still capable of preserving the particular agricultural know-how that represents the basis of today’s cultural tourism on the island. Traditional way of life and contemporary tourism are not two opposing economical dynamics on Lanzarotte. They are  fundamentally entwined and the destruction of the first, by simple neglect, will certainly produce the decline of the other.

Our general approach of the project is one that envisages both to mainatin a sense of natural growth of the pre-existing urban tissue and to create new typologies adapted to the needs and restrictions of the site. Taking the city’s landscape as a starting point for the design, the project aims to translate local building and spatial configurations into a contemporary language, while still remaining specific to the context.

Our proposal seeks an organic relationship between the city and the site, for a soft transition between the center and the future development of San Bartolome. In this regard we tried to maintain and continue the logic of the spatial and functional distribution. We have subsequently designed a series of spaces, each with their own character, for a more diverse urban experience.

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team : Madalina Anghelescu, Tudor Dulhaz, Denisse Florea, Andrei Miulescu, Alexandru Poliac, Alexandra Pustianu, Mircea Sandu