The project is located on the outskirts of Facinas (Cádiz) between two large protected natural parks, in close proximity to the Atlantic coast. A rural campsite minimal living units is designed in ground of 1 Ha. The rise of ecotourism promotes the interest and the desire to preserve the environment and the pursuit of outdoor activities as an alternative to mass tourism
Facinas is an excellent location for activities related with the environment: bird-sighting twice a year along the street of Gibraltar, climbing in the Parque Natural de los Alcornocales, windsurfing, kitesurfing or diving in the Atlantic Ocean. It is an ideal location to promote leisure activities and to learn from the natural resources of its surroundings.
The restoration includes the reactivation of the two historical hydraulic flour mills from the XV century located in the site. Currently these old mills are abandoned.
The aim is to revitalize the local culture and its existing heritage by using these spaces as valuable cultural facilities for the citizens. As a direct benefit the economy of this area is reactivated.
For an optimal implantation of the program we work with the following parameters: topography, sunlight, pre-existing buildings, flora, accessibility, environmental integration and urban regulations. This strategic approach is developed to guarantee minimal environmental impact. The surrounding communal space will be planted with local vegetation.
The mills are reactivated by a downhill closed cycle passing through them. They recharge again to the top from the potential energy gained through their initial fall.
The cabins are shaped like concave walls which define a fluid movement in their interior space, creating a surrounded and comfortable living space. The functional areas (kitchen, bathroom, bed) are compacted in a single piece of furniture embedded in the wall. Concurrently this wall is also part of the structure of the cabin.
The cabins are constructed with local materials such as wood and brezo (local branches of heather), that result in camouflage and integration within the local landscape.
Its small scale allows for an optimal energy regulation through thermodynamic features (temperature, humidity and ventilation).