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Benidorm Seafront / OAB

Designed by Office of Architecture in Barcelona, this urban landscape snakes along the Benidorm seascape in Spain.  The region is a popular attraction outfitted with high rise buildings, promenades, the bars, and the water.  Yet, OAB’s addition to the thriving seaside has created an identifying element which sets this area apart from similar places.

More images and more about the landscape after the break.

The artifical landscape elegantly resolves the problem of the required width of a seaside promenade by having the form expand to larger areas with benches and places to relax.   The design also includes a variety of access points to the sand.

In this way, the design serves different levels, as the upper level is fit for any city-goer to meander along the path, and the bottom curves pour into a wooded board walk for runners and beach-goers.

On the upper level, the colored promenade has a passive relationship with the Mediterranean, and the curves of the form provide a shaded perimeter for the lower path.

The design truly fits the location as the seaside is filled with people enjoying their holiday.  Its upbeat color selection and dynamic form have made it a success for those from or visiting Benidorm.

Client: Generalitat Valenciana – Ajuntament De Benidorm Architects : Carlos Ferrater – Xavier Martí Galí.  OAB Structures : Juan Calvo.  Pondio Contractor : Ecisa- Dragados Project manager : Luca Cerullo Pictures : Alejo Bagué

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Cite:Karen Cilento. "Benidorm Seafront / OAB " 26 May 2010. ArchDaily. Accesed . <http://www.archdaily.com/61529/benidorm-seafront-oab/>