Contemporary Ruins II

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Spa by Toyo Ito near Torrevieja, Spain

Further to my last post, here is another Spanish contemporary ruin by a Pritzker laureate: Toyo Ito’s spa near Torrevieja. The construction site was ordered shut down in 2004 by the Spanish Coastal Authority for infringing setback requirements. Nicknamed “la caracola” (the snail), the building features a helicoidal wooden structure whose exterior copper cladding has been completely stripped away by scrap metal gatherers.

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