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Friday, September 20, 2019

Abalo Alonso, Caramoniña Orchards in Santiago de Compostela

The historical quarter of Santiago de Compostela was designated a World Heritage Site in 1985, but degraded areas remain in the city, and Caramoniña is one of these places. It is located between the green belt that surrounds the old town and the alley that connects it to the Almáciga neighborhood. The narrowness of the alley, combined with sharp grade differences, limits use of it. Winner in the Outdoor Spacesw category of the European Award for Architectural Heritage Intervention AADIPA 2017,  the intervention does solves the problems of accessibility between levels. Wherever the inclination allows it, the connection is done through inner ramps. When this is not possible, ramps are created directly from the exterior. The result is a network of paths and spots between terraces to stop and rest at and enjoy splendid views of the historical city. A shorter route, with stairs, borders the ruins. The former purpose of the place is returned through the insertion of several orchards, which will function as an additional civic endowment. Finally, the operation includes a lighting project recalling the campus stellae that gives the city its name.
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