EL PALMERAL VIEWPOINT | Elche, Spain | International Competition | Honourable Mention
Within the context of an advanced society, it becomes extremely important, and particularly nowadays, the fact that any public investment gets not only an economical profitability but especially environmental, social and cultural.
In our case, we would like to contribute with a certain extra value, enabling an observation space that, while keeping its touristic character, it offers to the citizens an active use and collective enjoyment.
This must be understood, thus, as street extension open 24H a day, 365 days a year; a bump to see from above; a disruption across de Elche’s flatness; a topography; A HILL.
We believe one of the most valuable meanings of public space is user’s freedom, that one of inventing the way of using it.
Rather than the erection of a historical symbol of privilege and power, the observation tower, the project bets for a democratic space, the hill: a new public space above for all the citizens, where to meet by chance, where to release one’s imagination and where the “Palmeral” is the main character.
We build a soft, big and multi-gradient surface, a public space adaptable enough to allow kites and picnics to take place along with children, tourists, families…
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