Las Delicias' Center for the Elderly
- Blanca Gómez Gálvez - YTAA Shortlist
A mirror building
"The main goal has been to highlight the existing buildings in search for the essence in every element in order to make it predominant. This has been done without making noise, just reading the lines and following with the natural flow of the site."
The project for the Center for the Elderly has been designed for the actual location of Las Delicias Parking and has focused on the qualities of the site and the existing buildings with the goal of highlighting them and to use the current infrastructure. This project aims at recovering this social and cultural tradition - immaterial patrimony- which had been lost due to the parking construction. The idea is to create a project that the neighbors can relate to and where all generations can coexist.
There are several reasons why I made this project as a final project. The principal is due to the project theme, the elderly, I think one of the most interesting fields of architecture as space is closing a life. It is therefore necessary to have some extra sensitivity and great knowledge of the daily life of the people who live there. On the other hand, the place is in the heart of the historic center. I have a weakness for urban, complicated environments and with many conditions. Finally, despite being in the center, it is an abandoned place. Bound for the elderly rehabilitation seems to have to go hand in hand, and with this attempt to project materialize.