In a landscape characterized by powerful natural elements and particular fragility, the new spa and public pool is configured in form of a bridge, which minimizes the interference between the building and the protected area of the lava flows.
The building creates a synthesis between architecture, infrastructure and landscape.
Levitating atop the landforms of the surroundings, it constitutes a landmark that identifies the location of the hot spring. It is a horizontal lighthouse and lookout point, whose materiality makes it at the same time stand out and dissolve into the surrounding landscape.
The spa is designed as an ‘unfolded’ pool, as a new, suspended shore line. It is a playful and therapeutic space that recovers the experience of the original hot spring - which emanated on the shore and was used by the collective - and the contemplation of the horizon, taking advantage of the therapeutic nature of the landscape itself.
gpy arquitectos, the studio formed by Juan Antonio González Pérez, Urbano Yanes Tuña and Constanze Sixt, sees architecture as a means of using space to seek out new forms of relating the human being with his surroundings. The dissolution of the limits between interior and exterior, public and private, urban and territorial, is employed as a strategy for transforming projects into social spaces.
The studio’s works have been shown internationally at the Architecture Week in Prague (2014), the Netherlands Architecture Institute NAI in Rotterdam (2008), the MoMA in New York (2006) or the Spanish Pavilion of the Venice Biennale (2002).
Publications of their works include titles like Europe City: Lessons from the European Prize for Urban Public Space (Barcelona: CCCB/Lars Müller Publishers, 2015), Phaidon Atlas of 21st Century World Architecture (London: Phaidon Press, 2008), 1000x European Architecture (Berlin: Verlagshaus Braun, 2006) and 10x10_2. 100 Architects 10 Critics (London/New York: Phaidon, 2005).