Commissioned after winning an international competition in 2010, Portuguese architect Álvaro Siza Viera and Granada-based Juan Domingo Santos have unveiled designs for a new entrance and visitors center at the Alhambra World Heritage site. A result of “superimposing a regular geometry over a territory of topography,” the new gate rearranges visitor access into the more than 1000-year-old monument through a series of enclosed, shaded courtyards and open, sunlit terraces.
Following to his experience at the Alhambra in 2009, Siza journaled about his envision for the new gate, stating: “…from bright sun to shadows, from warmth to coolness, from wide to intimate focus, I like to dream about my project before I set it down in any detail.”
Architects: AH Asociados
Location: Echavacoiz, Grupo Urdanoz, s/n, 31009 Pamplona, Navarra, Navarre, Spain
Architect In Charge: Miguel A. Alonso del Val, Rufino J. Hernández Minguillón, Marcos Escartín Miguel, Mikel Zabalza Zamarbide
Design Team: Patricia Biain Ugarte, Esperanza Marrodán, María José Alonso, Xabier Eskisabel, Eduardo Ozcoidi Echarren, Michel Aldaz García-Mina, Javier Gironés
Photographs: Imagina2 visualization studio