THERMAL CENTER IN DONOSTI
The project is located at the edge of the city between the landscape and the sea.
Donosti is an amazing city, there are three large hills on the coast creating two big beaches. The houses are spread evenly all over the area. Some people say that Donosti is the Spanish Rio de Janeiro because of its interesting geology. At the coast the rocks are shaped in stripes because of the vertical strata in the area.
Firstly, I analysed the coastal areas next to Donosti where the strata were more obvious and I mapped out their direction. After which, I standardized the width of the strata making it into whole numbers and applied the sizes to the entire seafront.
This enabled me to integrate the building into the landscape. I designed parallel stripes to emulate the rocks of the coast. I used concrete tinted in different browns similar to the colours of the rocks. I also studied the relationship between the city and the sea. At the moment there are only small stairs that connect the beach with the seafront. I designed ramps and stairs with varying slopes to convey different experiences to the pedestrians. I also created various spaces and uses of them.
The Thermal Center is composed of parallel stripes following the geology of the coast. Part of its structure is underground in order to have minimum impact on the area. The roof is a public square which is at the end of the seafront. The access is via a ramp that leads from the square down to the entrance of the thermal center. The following stripes are a Bar, a nursery for children, two changing rooms, a roman bath area, a jacquzi, a gym and a solarium. There is also an outdoor swimming pool and a parking area on the same level.