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El "B" is this long construction, a body, that feeds on the heritage the continuity- of a site's treatment: The Cartagena harbour, which is nothing but a harbour in Cartagena, borderline of the city from the sea.

A very pleasant walk can be designed for the city along this strip, a daily procession following the immutable edge. In fact, this promenade is what we encourage; it is what we insert in the building, in a dimensional continuum that seems to dig out an artificial beach, but is actually a continuity of history, because the old El Batel beach was right here, on this very spot. The harbour is artificial, not the beach.

This reclaimed beachramp gradually submerges us below the waterline, with the pier's horizontal line as a constant reference. At this point we cease to belong to the outside world and start to belong to ourselves, ourselves in movement, ourselves strolling, working on the 210 metre scale reserved site for ourselves.

We refuse include the harbour's beautiful orthogonal monotony; we exclude the hardness of the port from the interior, and instead, we seek something that is completely the opposite: translucent, delicate, light, aquatic; something that has to do with what Luigi Nono defined as "a space for water music".

IAI Most Creative Award 2021/2022



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