Cabin crew: small holiday cabins, studies in spatial compression and use of prefabricated construction, bring life to abandoned mining works in Southern Spain.
But the most arresting feature of the site is the row of thirteen cabins that fringes the southern shore of the promontory. Unlike the other buildings, which have concrete or brick walls, the cabins have sandwich panel walls, with polyurethane between an external layer of PVF2 coated aluminium and enamelled internal particle board. Roofs are of double galvanized steel sheets with mineral insulation between. These are carried on steel frames bearing on in-situ concrete platforms that project out over the lake to form balconies for fishing, boating or simply watching the sunset (the cabins are angled slightly south-west). South walls are up-and-over garage doors that allow each cabin to be thrown open to balcony and view during the day.
Individual cabins are masterpieces of compressed planning, with a double bunk over the tiny kitchen and lavatory that flank the entrance porch on the north end of the plan and a bench long enough for two children to sleep head to toe along the east wall. Externally, the cabins are a mixture of modern and ancient, with contemporary materials recreating a building type that goes back as far as the lake villages of the prehistoric Celts.
Ubaldo Garcia Torrente
Juan Luis Yanez Sempere
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|Publication:||The Architectural Review|
|Date:||Sep 1, 2002|
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