Plaza de Espana
Herzog & de Meuron
Much of today's Plaza de España and the cargo docks of
the Muelle de Enlace is reclaimed land anchored in the steep drop
of the Atlantic Coast. Anything that is constructed there is
essentially an additional crust, a new layer superimposed on what
is for the most part landfill.
The Plaza de España crust has the appearance of artificial nature, echoing physical phenomena like the erosion and eruptions that have been so instrumental in shaping the bizarre forms of the Canary Islands. The primary design element on this new Plaza is a single circular water basin, a huge wading pool for young and old, with a geyser like fountain in the middle.
A variety of historical architectural styles circles this huge
water basin, which was erected on the foundations and surviving
walls of the former "Castillo." The graphic motif on the bottom of
the pool reproduces the foundations of the old castle. Landscape
fragments are added to the typology of this new public space.
Four pavilions, containing tourist information, retail, a café
and access to below ground parking, are nestled in the Plaza's
crust. Different in shape, they all share a more or less remote
resemblance to natural forms without imitating them.
Facts about Plaza de Espana
Site Area Plaza:
Herzog & deMeuron
Cabildo Insular de Tenerife
Last updated: December 19, 2013
Siza, Souto de Moura, Moneo, Calatrava and Barraga,
Vancouver BC, Canada
Pasadena, California, USA