‘la chainza’ by salgado e liñares arquitectos, galicia, spainimage © hector santos-diezall images courtesy of salgado e liñares arquitectos

 

 

 

the historic pilgrimage trail ‘camino real’ passes through the small town of noia in the galician community of northern spain, where an aging stone bridge and wash basin have provided a point of rest and safe passage for travelers, nick-named the ‘shortcut of the clever’. over the years of abandon the city has developed around the historic site, pushing it further from the center and from a logical urban integration. fortunately, its isolation from the community has in fact helped to preserve the site from a probable demolition. local practice salgado e liñares arquitectos have begun the first phase of its reintegration into the fabric of the city so that the public may once again enjoy the structure. the architects are implementing a 6 point plan to rehabilitate the space: asphalt will be removed and replaced with granite stone pavers, turning the surrounding roads into pedestrian zones. deteriorating edges are re-established with the same stone, with a new lighting scheme that will illuminate various aspects of the site and structure. the section of the trail that runs through the site will be restored as well, including the medieval bridge that will be connected with the trail, the fountain and wash basin will also be reactivated, as they are still perfectly usable today.

 

 

salgado e linares arquitectos preserve the shortcut of the cleverwashing areaimage © hector santos-diez

 

 

salgado e linares arquitectos preserve the shortcut of the cleverroof structure is preserved with contemporary materials, preserving the original look and scaleimage © hector santos-diez

 

 

salgado e linares arquitectos preserve the shortcut of the cleverreplaced granite stone piecesimage © hector santos-diez

 

 

salgado e linares arquitectos preserve the shortcut of the cleverimage © hector santos-diez

 

 

salgado e linares arquitectos preserve the shortcut of the cleverlighting scheme illuminates various componentsimage © hector santos-diez

 

 

salgado e linares arquitectos preserve the shortcut of the clevernew and old stone detailimage © hector santos-diez

 

 

salgado e linares arquitectos preserve the shortcut of the cleveroriginal pathwayimage © hector santos-diez

 

 

salgado e linares arquitectos preserve the shortcut of the cleverbridge and structureimage © hector santos-diez

 

 

salgado e linares arquitectos preserve the shortcut of the cleverimage © hector santos-diez

 

 

salgado e linares arquitectos preserve the shortcut of the cleverimage © hector santos-diez

 

 

salgado e linares arquitectos preserve the shortcut of the cleverexisting structureimage © hector santos-diez

 

 

salgado e linares arquitectos preserve the shortcut of the cleverimage © hector santos-diez

 

 

salgado e linares arquitectos preserve the shortcut of the cleverimage © hector santos-diez

 

 

 

salgado e linares arquitectos preserve the shortcut of the clever

 

 

project info:

 

 

location: a chaínza, santa maría do obre, concello de noia, a coruña, españaarquitects: salgado e liñares arquitectos – alfonso salgado suárez, francisco xavier liñares túñez, manuel ángel liñares túñez    collaborating architects: santiago rey conde, carla agra garcíaethnographic studio: ana filgueiras reiinstallations: miguel ángel rodríguez raposodrawing: sergio sánchez alcaldephotographs: héctor santos-díezclient: concello de noiaconstruction: construcciones ces, s.l.budget: 168.004,77 euros cost/m2: 41,71 euros/m2built area: 4.028,01 m2