Team with Mi5 arquitectos. 2006-2011. Teruel [Spain]
Underground Leisure Lair and Public Space / Guarida subterránea de ocio y espacio público
*Photography: Miguel de Guzmán (www.imagensubliminal.com) / Javier de Paz (www.estudioballoon.es)
In 1987 the remains of "Aragosaurus ischiaticus" were dug up and catalogued by a group of researchers consisting of Sanz, Buscalioni, Casanovas and Santafé at the town of Galve, in the province of Teruel. It was the first dinosaur to be found at the Iberian Peninsula.
Teruel's underground, turned into a tourist appeal by thematic parks such as Dinópolis, is full of discoveries that remind us the lost existence of a powerful life in the origins of the province. It's not surprising then that we have to return to its deepness to try to reactivate it.
Facing the existence of an obsolete and underused market building occupying most of the meagre public space of the nearly nonexistent Domingo Gascon Square (even if provided with a commemorative statue), the decision taken is that of demolishing this old structure (a very inflexible and exclusive typology) and introducing a huge volume of youth leisure activities on the underground, to revitalize and to foster Teruel's activity, while the old public square existing before the market building was constructed is regained. The public space and leisure centre project takes the expression of a buried Godzilla (fictitious Japanese monster appearing as a mutant dinosaur): a telluric element of contemporary and pop expression.