29 Dec 2015

How to transform a demolition process from something that generates waste to something that creates material and symbolic value

Project: Tudela Culip

Location: Cap de Creus, Cadaques, Catalonia

Year: 2010

Size: 2.000.000 sqm

Budget: 11.000.000 Euros

Team: Martí Franch, M. Batalla, M. Bianchi, A. Lopez, G. Batllori, L. Majer, C. Gomes M. Solé, L. Ochoa, J.L Campoy

Initiators: Ministry of environment, Government of Catalonia

10 feat


In 1961, on the eastern tip of Iberia Peninsula, Cap de Creus cape, one the windiest and most northern exposed corner of the Costa Brava, Club Med constructed a privative holiday village with 430 buildings to receive around 900 visitors 3 months a year. The urbanization project it is considered as one of the most notorious examples of modern movement settlement on the Mediterranean coast. With the advent of democracy and the rise of ecological consciousness, Cap de Creus was declared Natural Park in 1998. The cape, including Club Med surroundings, was classed with the highest figure of land protection because its outstanding geological and botanical values. In summer 2003 Club Med ceased activity. The building-mass was left alone and there was an initiative too keep some of the buildings for research-purposes. But in the end it was too late to save the buildngs and they decided to do a project where they would erase almost all the traces of the hotel and emphasize the landscape.


5 Actions

1.  Removing Invasive Exotic Flora
2. Deconstructing the buildings.
3. Recycling 100% of the construction waste.
4. Revival of the ecosystem. Drainage, sediment flows, etc.
5. Discovering and social valorization


Three main interventions

1. Hierarchical path system recycling existing paths and promoting circular routes.

a) Main path (2km) structuring the site’s discovery, it reuses the existing main road and reduces its section from 7-4 m to 3.5 m while homogenises paving treatment with asphalt. At the beach, 250m are newly redone to recover the beach full dimension, once quartered by the former road system.

b) Secondary paths, out of concrete, leading to the main viewpoints

c) Tertiary paths, out of low disperse railings, which leads to the secondary network of viewpoint and sensitive areas.

2. Network of viewpoints to enhance best panoramas.

3. Animal-rock identification. Traditionally fishermen’s and kids had identified rock formations with animal names for its orientation, Dalí did too. The project, proposing a game of perception constructs a sort of ‘lecterns’ outlining the ‘animal-rocks’ silhouette.


Introducing cor-ten steel as a signifier to the interventions

The result is a place once occupied by a hotel transformed into its origins with the architecture as a negociator emphasizing the landscape but also the traces of the hotel.