Author : David Del Valls

University : High Technical School University of Las Palmas

Status : MArch, 2015

Advisor : Juan Ramirez Guedes

Title : Landscape Hydrothermal Center | ReLearning Geographical Atmospheres

The project grows out as a parallel investigation beyond the proposal limits.

It is a product of an exhaustive personal approach, isolated from current standards of Architecture; focusing on an intimate artisan work, in line with the pre-existing conditions of the site.

A new artisanal language was created; using cartography in a manuscript form.

The Isleta is a humble neighbourhood with an old fishing tradition, delimited by its geographical boundaries between city //territory // and landscape.

It’s through the study and exploration of these limits  that one can truly get an essential understanding of the life of the neighbourhood, where one can acquire key elements that express hidden in the open areas on the shore. It requires special attention to establish a dialogue with the territory as a whole, with all its elements.

Open spaces are naturally created, with programs that interact each other. The project aims to disappear within the spectacular landscape, using pre-existing elements as the building materials. This built object is minimizing its presence in the natural environment by de-materializing into the landscape.

An interior experience that dissolves into the outside as we walk . . . This is how the landscape disappears, by dissolving its character within itself …


S//A : What’s the most important aspect of this project that we should be aware of?
David del Valls_ The proposal involves a work based on the philosophy of keeping the landscape as if it was untouched. There is a deep connection between the people and their natural environment; so one of the challenges of this project was to make a transparent built object. Defy the limits between the inside and outside.

S//A : What other fields outside of architecture interest you?
DDV_ Art & Design, without leaving aside music, cinema, and of course, everything related to the good taste and an aesthetic sense.

S//A : Most important thing you learned in architecture school?
DDV_ That our profession goes beyond architecture itself. It’s not only the sum of the knowledge of different skills and abilities. It’s a way of life that involves certain personal values that you have to develop day by day around your own design experiences. Nobody can hand it to us on a plate, so we must fight for a future in which we can exert an influence for better or for worse.

S//A : Describe your dream project
DDV_ My dream project hasn’t materialised yet. However, something I did realise through my experience in Architecture School is that I would love to be involved / curate a variety of projects and interventions in different fields around the world. To be continued…!