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Fishermen warehouses in the port of Cangas / Irisarri + Piñera

  • 01:00 - 12 October, 2009
Fishermen warehouses in the port of Cangas / Irisarri + Piñera
Fishermen warehouses in the port of Cangas / Irisarri + Piñera, © Manuel Gonzalez Vicente
© Manuel Gonzalez Vicente

© Manuel Gonzalez Vicente © Manuel Gonzalez Vicente © Manuel Gonzalez Vicente © Manuel Gonzalez Vicente +19

  • Architects

  • Location

    Cangas, Pontevedra, Spain
  • Architects

    Irisarri + Piñera / Jesús Irisarri Castro & Guadalupe Piñera
  • Engineer

    Juan Antonio Rodríguez Pardo
  • Client

    Portos de Galicia
  • Builder

  • Master Builder

    Eva Fernández
  • Area

    897.0 sqm
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

From the architect. On one hand a dock with numerous activities, where different equipments are already located, and where the fishermen departments to be added, can be one more scattered piece.

On the other hand, an urban scene where the edge of the dock is already a public space, of great use in nautical events, a nautical club isolated from the ramp and the dock by an urban road, pedestrian street towards the beach in summer, an important parking area, way to industrial units, definitely a rich place but with functional conflicts.

© Manuel Gonzalez Vicente
© Manuel Gonzalez Vicente

Finally, and very important the landscape impact that can have what has already been built, the problem of creating a screen towards the bay that shuts the town centre of Cangas.

The project emerges in a place where nature and buildings meet, the city as a vital space with the port as infrastructure, city architecture and engineering as a strange look, contemporary evolution to a beginning where human settlements, so as to obtain their resources, reflected the specific conditions of each place and time.

© Manuel Gonzalez Vicente
© Manuel Gonzalez Vicente

We pretend a building capable of answering and solving all this, in one way.

A building which goes beyond a set programme. With an adequate scale, capable of having and imposing its presence, but being sensitive to landscape and to the different environmental conditions. A building that answering to its functional demands, is able to accept them in an optimum way, and at the same time it answers to urban functions and citizens demands in public areas, which appear at the dock as a vantage point to the bay.

© Manuel Gonzalez Vicente
© Manuel Gonzalez Vicente

The building wants to combine its own presence as public allocation without canceling permeability towards landscape, and ties the professional fishermen world at the docks level, with leisure and going for a walk on the dock.

Linking city and landscape,citizenship and culture,leisure and work... Therefore, the project breaks the isolation city-port stretching its base as a ramp square, to give a new urban space for walks and sports.

© Manuel Gonzalez Vicente
© Manuel Gonzalez Vicente

Departments are gathered in series of three or four, generating also an adjacent place for services and outdoors work, so that it doesn´t generate conflicts with the typical dock flows, and promotes the idea of public collective building that already has.

Between them there are transverse steps which get to the edge of the dock where citizens activities go on in a city linked to the port, fishing afternoons, a walk, a yacht race a place that orders and fits out the building itself.

© Manuel Gonzalez Vicente
© Manuel Gonzalez Vicente

A building made of galvanized steel, evoking shipbuildings, providing the necessary flexibility during its construction and maximum reuse of the material its build of.

Tube structure which defines the volumes and modulates closing sheet metal to support them. Lattice in different degrees of density to achieve the building as a unit.

© Manuel Gonzalez Vicente
© Manuel Gonzalez Vicente

The sheets of front (2000x1000x10) are prepared by L profiles welded, so that they could be hung on the omegas fixed to the structure and in addition they avoid possible deformations in the process of galvanization.

The cover formed also by sheets on U profiles that allow the water evacuation by means of small gargoyles.

To form the lattice panels have been used electro-weld grid formed by platens of 30x10 have and 40x10, depending on the saved light, with changeable of 60 and 102 (measures of standard manufacture) in order to obtain diverse graduations of transparency to the set.

© Manuel Gonzalez Vicente
© Manuel Gonzalez Vicente

The thought about how to achieve this walking area on the dock, made us build a concrete whose dry were mainly sea shells from the canning industries,as the surrounding docks bed.In a way,give shape and consolidate beach sediments.

Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite: "Fishermen warehouses in the port of Cangas / Irisarri + Piñera" 12 Oct 2009. ArchDaily. Accessed . <>
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R. Girardin · March 06, 2011

Great job, really gives structure to the landscape.

That's amaising for me to see that at least half of my favorite projects are spanish or portugese... I guess i just need to work there

Erica Riva · March 06, 2011

Fishermen warehouses in the port of Cangas / Irisarri + Piñera _ #architecture #photography

Adrian · October 14, 2009

Nice. Great Job. Need more of this!

ramiro · October 14, 2009

One great video-interview about this the architects and the building for Studio Banana TV here:


peppy · October 13, 2009

the presence of the warehouse change the landscape for the better. it's a lesson when simplicity and economy of materials means so much...

Goldschmidt R · October 13, 2009

And the simple line, lights and material win againe the competition. It is an fantastic project good work Irisarri + Piñera!

Vitsee · October 13, 2009


stepienybarno · October 13, 2009

amazing project!

james · October 13, 2009

loving the heavy and light materials used in combination, dynamic light effects, would love moving through it

sharwe · October 13, 2009

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Tuf-Pak · October 13, 2009

Boy I really love this.

That artificial horizon they're presenting in the panoramic photographs is phenomenal.


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