The re-generation of Denia’s Castle hill
To what category does this project correspond?
Can reconstructing the topography of a hill be a simple
How to transform the façade-roof of the building
into a park?
The future construction of the quarry in Denia will be
governed by a structural logic.
The geological structure of the hill, on the micro, the
medium and the macro scales, offers us rules with which to put forward a mineralogical
system that will guide its functioning.
The limestone of the hill and its rhombohedric crystals
of calcite enabled us to conceive, at multiple scales, a crystalline genesis for
the project. A coherent system, from the structure itself to its outer limit,
that responds to a single system of crystallization.
In this way, the skin, like soil in the hills, directly reflects the internal
logic of the mass and its interaction with the environment.
In this case, the rhombohedric system generates a hexagonal geometry that will
be the geometric base of the ‘gene’ (a hexagonal micro-topography
that can be combined all over its faces) that will initiate the process of constructing
the skin. This gene will set in motion the re-generation of the hill.
The other key issue, that of constructing a hill and
trying to make it usable, is the question of whether the hypothetical roads that
traverse it should come from a system excavated out of the hypothetical limits
of the hill (like the traditional paths to hermitages), or whether the hill itself
ought to construct its own roads (as in the case of open quarries).
In this case the effort has been concentrated on developing
a system that will respond to the logic of the internal structure that permits
multiple movements across the skin, following various slopes, and in this way
creating a system of multiple itineraries.
Thus, instead of defining a hill with paths, the hill itself is the path.