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Compás de las Ánimas y del Nazareno / WaterScales arquitectos

  • 05:00 - 15 December, 2018
  • Curated by Danae Santibañez
Compás de las Ánimas y del Nazareno / WaterScales arquitectos
Compás de las Ánimas y del Nazareno / WaterScales arquitectos, © Fernando Alda
© Fernando Alda

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Calle Ancha, 43, 29500 Álora, Málaga, Spain
  • Category

  • Architects in Charge

    Carmen Barrós Velázquez, Francisco J. del Corral del Campo
  • Area

    285.0 m2
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

  • Technical architect

    Antonio Montes Sáez
  • Gardening & Landscape

    Ana Ibáñez Fernández, Bióloga
  • Structure

    Jesus Hernández Martí, Ingeniero de caminos
  • Installations

    Ricardo Rueda García, ingeniero de Caminos
  • Collaborators

    lvaro López Camino, estudiante de arquitectura / Jorge López González, estudiante de arquitectura / Daniel Marcos Ruiz, estudiante de arquitectura / Belén Muñoz de la Torre Calzado, arquitecta / Francisco Ortega Ruiz, arquitecto / Felipe Pérez García, estudiante de arquitectura / Patricia Prados Pérez, estudiante de arquitectura
  • Builder

    I.M. Instalaciones y Obras S.A. (Álora)
  • Promotor

    Excmo. Ayuntamiento de Álora
  • Historical advice

    María José Sánchez Rodríguez, Directora Museo Municipal de Álora
  • More Specs Less Specs
© Fernando Alda
© Fernando Alda

About the place and the intervention
Álora is placed as a bow of the mountainous landscape of Sierra del Hacho facing to the coast of Málaga and the Valley of Guadalhorce. One of its Its main highlights is its Castle surrounded by an ancient Arrabal (arab quarter). The village has a rich and interesting history related to the Moorish defence against the Catholics and about the beginings of the malagueña, a kind of flamenco song.

© Fernando Alda
© Fernando Alda
Master plan
Master plan
© Fernando Alda
© Fernando Alda

It took place an architectural competition for refurbishing and renovating the castle surroundings in order to renovate public facilities as well as attract new travellers. We purposed an intervention called “tapestry scale 1:1” which captures the energy of its  landscape. It would be a kind of stone map which would help the visitant to see, discover, know and experience the cultural landscape. The first phase of the complete intervention has been a small square called Compás de las Ánimas y del Nazareno.

© Fernando Alda
© Fernando Alda
Compás Plan
Compás Plan

Compás de las Ánimas y del Nazareno
The small square occupies the place of two dwellings, demolished some years ago. It would be used as a compás (open air place close to a church for waiting or resting). It takes the name from the religious images guarded in the Chapel of the Castle: the Virgen de las Ánimas and Jesús Nazareno de las Torres. Their street processions take place on Holy Friday during Easter. They stop in the front of the compás. Thus, the space, during Easter, would be like a tribune.

© Fernando Alda
© Fernando Alda
Section B
Section B
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© Fernando Alda

The place, thanks to its textures, colours, aromas, texts and pavements, shows its domestic past, underline its religious present and offers itself to the meeting of inhabitants and travellers. In its walls some texts tell the amazing discovering of the thrones. The “fountain of the souls”, pilar de las Ánimas, it’s a spring which blows water through the eroded stone. The slope is used for creating long stone benches surrounded by aromatic plants. It finishes in a stair seeming a floating carpet which takes us to an upper belvedere to the Valley of Guadalhorce.

We would like having captured a bit of the essence of the rich history of the cultural landscape of Álora.

© Fernando Alda
© Fernando Alda

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Cite: "Compás de las Ánimas y del Nazareno / WaterScales arquitectos" 15 Dec 2018. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884
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