toyo ito: relaxation park   construction halted toyo ito: relaxation park   construction halted
apr 02, 2010

toyo ito: relaxation park construction halted

relaxation park, torrevieja, spain by toyo ito and associates image xbichox



the relaxation park in torrevieja in the south of spain designed by toyo ito remains partially built, with construction halted because of possible infractions of the coastal law.

the situation has now been highlighted in an exhibition by architect, nathalie gidrón, in an alicante pub, which shows ‘the ruinous state of the current building’ built in the shape of a snail from wood and then covered in copper,

although the copper has since vanished and the wood below is now warped from damp. gidrón considers the building ‘one of the jewels of 21st century architecture.

the torrevieja town hall modified the plans after the order to halt construction was received, and have denied that the project has been abandoned. other political groups are calling for the land to be returned to its natural state. read more


image xbichox



image xbichox



relaxation park interior image courtesy toyo ito and associates




  • tear down that bug!!!!

    david says:
  • that makes you wonder if star-system architects really know what they’re doing when they work outside their countries. and why some star-system architects can work all over the world and some architects have to go through long tedious homologation process in Spain. it just makes me wonder.

    btw, great project. it’s just that’s illegal.

    just another architect says:
  • the real law was no turds on the beach

    ^_^ says:
  • You can know more about the state of the building and the exhibition which has denounced this situation in the following links:

    barbarela studio says:
  • this building looks like it would have been really interesting.turf/class warfare, especially among local politicians is a tricky problem to surmount, and certainly not one confined to spain.maybe the building in its current state is a testament/monument to those problems…

    ... says:
  • pensava que estas coisas só aconteciam em Portugal, belissimo ilegal edifício says:
  • obviously some greedy politician wants more money.

    Blue Coal says:
  • 100$ says they were smoking a blunt when they came up with that design :/

    NoxMortalitus says:
  • the new noak arc,,,by ito

    haber says:
  • This is a call to all the architects out there… when doing a proyect, or just making the idea, first go to the local office for planning, and see whats going on… you never know…

    Walden says:
  • The text says the that “the town hall” modified plans after the order to halt construction from the costal authority. That sounds like the architect has the approval from the local building office and the problems lie elsewhere.

    It is common for an international architect to select a well qualified local partner for planning approval. Those critical of a star architect working in foreign lands lack knowledge of the reality of the situation.

    rbuss says:
  • Is it just me, or does every Toyi Ito building looks like crap up close? I have visited a few and was disappointed time and time again…

    Dali says:
  • It is just you

    josu says:

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