Health resort ‘Baños del Carmen’ – Malaga, Spain

‘Los Baños del Carmen’ is one of the most popular places in Malaga, as it used to be a health resort and nowadays is used as a restaurant and night club right next to the beach.

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The sea level is significantly increased every decade and being so close to the beach, the ‘Balneario’, as it is known, will be seriously affected. The project (senior year 2010/2011) consisted on the study of the future situation of the city (how it will look like in 20, 30 years) and then deciding how we can regenerate the area through a nature-friendly project. As we can see on the diagrams, the whole building and its surrounding are would be flooded.

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My decision was to bring its past use back and so create a new health resort with natural pools at different elevations, thanks to its topography, so that they get full as the level of the sea increases. Some walkways on top of the mountain and the sea can help us go across the area and would stay the same throughout the years.

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Some wood booths contain the new uses proposed, such as gym, dancing room, resting area, bathroom… The old building is renewed to hold the restaurant. The eucalyptus that surround the ‘Balneario’ are another main element of the proposal. Their location on the drawing is exact and they are all kept to avoid damaging the environment.

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