2023 CAT B “Calle Alta”
The project consists in the recovery of a street and viewpoint that was in an almost ruinous state in the municipality of Calaceite, Spain. The town is in an area that suffers severe depopulation, the region has lost almost fifty per cent of its inhabitants in the last century. The project, which is part of the strategies of the municipality to develop sustainable tourism, pays an homage to the specific material culture developed in these limestone landscapes. Half of the materials employed in the construction are recovered in the vicinity of the town and reused in the project. Most of the budget is used to employ local craftsmen in order to promote and renew construction practices in decay. Water runoff, sightlines, planting and historical traces are threaded in a design that aims to highlight the natural, formal and poetic potentials entangled in the site.