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AZPA unveils Spanish sailing 'terrain'

Alejandro Zaera-Polo’s practice AZPA has revealed these images of its proposed new storage facility for Spain’s high performance National Sailing Centre in Santander

The 2,400m², £5.3 million project will creates a ‘container’ sat below a public rooftop.

Zaera Polo was a founding partner of Foreign Office Architects (FOA) before setting up his own practice last year (AJ 17.06.2011).

The architect’s view

Conscious of the privileged setting where the project is sited, and of the choice of Cantabria as the location for the new headquarters, the project is an opportunity to bring both city and citizens closer to the harbour through a design that integrates an elevated rooftop viewpoint; a design in line with the public space master plan; general wide and clear views to harbour and the bay of Biscay.

The elevated viewpoint in relation to the dock’s height acts as an intensification of the public space, which in Santander is very much determined by the local terrain. With this we reappraise one of the main features of Santander’s urban fabric: its topography.

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