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An artificial beach softens contact with the sea with a curved wall of concrete and local stone. Photo: Joan Guillamat.
An synthetic seashore softens contact with the ocean with a curved wall of concrete and native stone. Photo: Joan Guillamat.JOSE HEVIA BLACH

An alfaque is a sandbank that often accumulates on the mouth of a river. In the municipality of Alcanar Platja, the tenting Els Alfacs is positioned very near the mouth of the Ebro River, the Delta, between the cities of San Carles de la Rápita and Les Cases d'Alcanar.

On July 11, 1978, a tanker truck loaded with propylene fuel exploded in entrance of the tenting, It was then known as Los Alfaques. The instances and laws had been totally different. Back then a truck might journey on a nationwide freeway and cross an city centre loaded with explosive materials. There had been additionally solely two tv channels. Today it might be troublesome to seek out somebody over 50 who has not remembered the brutal photographs of the charred our bodies from an accident that paralysed the summer season.

243 individuals misplaced their lives. Many had been beginning their holidays and didn’t even see the fireball that engulfed them. Others, such because the homeowners of the neighbouring discotheque, had been beginning to clear up, helped by their youngsters. The subsequent investigation concluded that the truck was overloaded – it was carrying six tonnes an excessive amount of – and, because the fuel heated up, there was no room for it within the tank. The incident was of such magnitude that the principles on the dissemination of photographs, visitors laws and laws on highway transport by truck had been modified.

The reception and offices of the campsite are slightly turned to allow a view of the sea. Photo: Joan Guillamat
The reception and workplaces of the campsite are barely turned to permit a view of the ocean. Photo: Joan GuillamatJOSE HEVIA BLACH

He tenting, However, it was rebuilt in simply six months. But even after the enterprise was restored, it was not in a position to escape the poverty and disappointment that emanated from the place. How can a spot be recovered? How can a painful reminiscence coexist with new hope?

María Giramé (1987) and Pau Bajet (1988) weren’t born when all this occurred. Neither was Manuel Juliá (of JAAS Arquitectura). They have all labored on a undertaking that seeks to rescue the previous somewhat than erase it. They have achieved so, and proceed to take action, from autumn to spring, when the tenting closes they usually regularly full the renovations. They have been engaged on the positioning since 2017 and the transformation of the encounter with water – the pool -, the bungalows and the widespread areas have received this 12 months's FAD award for the very best panorama and territory work in-built Spain and Portugal within the final 12 months.

The award recognises an intervention that cleans up the panorama just by respecting it and updating the normal structure of porches, shade and lattices. This undertaking has a vocation to rescue not solely the place, but additionally one other kind of tourism, extra of relaxation and restoration than noise and summer season insanity.

However, that is neither a spot for contemplation nor a minimalist intervention. The goal has been somewhat to root a future that, with the intention to change, rectifies. The new pavilions – prefabricated from wooden – mix compact earth with the stone pavements of the positioning and handled concrete to evoke the pure erosion of the realm. The synthetic seashore provides a brand new interpretation of the terrain. The result’s a brand new camp that rescues a spot and offers new life to an exquisite enclave.

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