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 the coastal setback requirement of a nearby lagoon. 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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About Rafael Gomez-Moriana

Architect, educator and writer. Partner at ArqEstructura. Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Calgary. Blogger at criticalista.com.

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