is a town on the Mediterranean coast whose principal economic activity is tourism.
In the centre of the town is a small hill topped by a castle of Arabic origin
that was converted to agricultural use in the late 19th century. In the early
years of the 20th century stone began to be quarried from the north face of the
hill in order to extend the port. During the Spanish Civil War a refuge tunnel
was dug into the hillside.
The Denia Castle Cultural Park is a town project, the
object of which is the reordering of the castle and its surroundings and the creation
of the cultural, civic and social amenities that will make it a territorial reference
point promoting the urban recycling and compact development of the town.
The principal projects to be carried out are:
1. The conservation and protection of the castle
2. The creation of a cultural centre in the Plaça del Consell square
3. The extension of the pedestrian tunnel
4. The construction of a multifunctional centre
5. The protection of the Hort de Morand, which contains the remains of the Roman
The principal new construction project is a multifunctional
centre (with facilities, services and open space) in the quarry adjacent to the
castle that will restore the original volumetry of the hill.
Given that, in the last analysis, the best way to preserve the heritage is to
increase it, this project sets out to conserve the historical remains, at the
same time creating a new architectural landmark that will act as a focus of attraction
for culture, tourism and economic activity.
The project, originally a public initiative, will be
developed with the participation of the private sector.
The interior is organized on the basis of the proposed
programme around three focuses of functional attraction that define spaces for
1. AN AGORA, around which is organized a commercial zone, cinemas and a restaurant
2. AN AUDITORIUM and a zone for congresses and civic meetings;
3. A BATHING SPA, which includes a salt-water lake.
These large empty reference spaces, around which the programme is organized, take
on form on the basis of three systems of crystallization characteristic of calcite.
Each of these forms of crystallization grows out of the fundamental systems of
interaction between minerals: macles, juxtaposition and aggregation.
Client: The city of Denia
Site: Denia (Alicante)
Design Team Competition: Vicente Guallart
Fasade: with Max Sanjulian
Auditorium: with Jordi Mansilla
Collaborators: Ivan Llach, Moon Puig, Natxo Solsona
Miquel Moragues, Raquel Colacios, Barbara
Oelbrant, Guillem Augé, Ana Verges , Carlo Mezzino, Li-An Tsien
Pictures : Laura Cantarella
Models: Christine Bleicher, Susanne Schulte
Cristallographic Advisor: Albert Soler
Acoustic Advisor: Higini Arau
Program Consultant: José Miguel Iribas