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RESTORATION OF THE MESÓN GITANO SURROUNDINGS
Almería, 2003

The main goal of the project is the consolidation of the surroundings of Mesón Gitano as tool of promotion of Alcazaba in the tourist development of the city.
There were defined three sectors by their unique features: 1.San Diago de Alcalá Street: it is the axis that will connect all the activities added to Alcazaba (restaurant, stores, information center, handicrafts center), from the exit of Alcazaba to the city. This street is converted into a green pathway for priority use by pedestrians, although it has a section that allows car traffic. 2. MesónGiutano Sector: consists on the hill from the access to the MesónGitano terrace, at the San Diego de Alcatá Street, to the Alcazaba wall, the slope until the Chamberí street and the buildings and parcels of Fernández street. In this sector is located the old caves that accommodated the MesónGitano. The structural problems of earth contention are solved in the most rational and economic possible way, guarantee the security to the the future users of these free spaces. The MesónGitano terrace is urbanized and converts into the most emblematic living space of the intervention. This platform, at first inaccessible, has panoramic views for the city and the bay. The façades of the caves are restored through paintings, without opening them. 3.Park Ramón Castilla Park sector: in this sector, were prioritized the accessibility and the connections between the neighborhoods. The intervention of the Ramón Castilla Park consists in the restoration of the pathways, stairs, walls, opening new connections, vegetation and furniture.

Client
Almería City Hall

Builder
JARQUIL, SA

Area / Budget
10,5 Ha / 1.124.000 €

Associates
Jansana, de la Villa, de Paauw Arquitectes

Team
Imma Jansana, architect; Conchita de la Villa, architect; Robert de Paauw, architect; Josep Lascurain, biologist/ Fernando Benedicto, technical architect/ Miguel Angel Domínguez, technical architect

Photos
Lourdes Jansana