The Ribados area of Galicia, Spain is a growing center for business, industry and tourism. Ribados is home to Catedrales beach. The beach is the second most visited place in Spain, trumped only by Santiago de Compostela’s Cathedral, which is also in Galicia. The beach is popular with visitors to Spain, but it is also a favorite vacation spot for Spaniards.
Galicia has a natural landscape feature that has a deleterious impact on people’s ability to navigate the city. There is a natural bluff that separates the beach area from the historical square and adjoining quarters, forcing people to rely on cars and take long detours to travel between the two locations.
These locations are geographically a short walking distance from each other, making the high traffic and long detours even more frustrating. Enter architecture firm Abalo Alonso Arquitectos. They created a simple solution: build a structure, with a simple combination of stairs, elevator and escalator, that crosses the bluff, binding the two halves of the city . The visually striking building has a puzzle quality to it, not unlike a game of Jenga. Thanks to their clever solution, there should be a few less cars on the roads in Galicia now.
- via ArchDaily