El mirador: torre mixta en la Bahía de Algeciras, Spain (1999)
Dates of creation
Level of archival description
Extent and Medium
23 graphic materials
11 reprographic copies
2 photographic materials
0.03 l.m. of textual records
Scope and Content
The project series documents the competition entry for the mixed-use tower “El Mirador” in the Bay of Algeciras. The firm was invited to submit their design proposal which won second prize. The competition was organised by the Algeciras City Council. The firm identified this project as number 123.
“The project attempts to express, with an architectural gesture, the beauty of the geography of Algeciras: the bay, the port, the Rock and the Straits of Gibraltar, the proximity of Ceuta and Africa, the cork-oak forests that surround the town. For this [Abalos & Herreros] propose a building that, from a single body, opens out into two towers from one great public viewing platform. This form has strategic holes giving onto the more notable topographical features, establishing a physical relationship with them, while the section is organized as a gradient of privacy that increases with height.
The competition […] proposed a mixed programme in a posture parallel to the great avenue of the harbour of Algeciras. An evanescent building apparently fragile appears to let one being stimulated by the effects of the climate and the atmospheric phenomenons with an appearance changing with the function of the hours of the day or the season. Its layered section attends ascending to the different landscapes of the city: first public space, second the cities skyline and at last the 360° horizon rising above the city.” (ARCH270975)
Abalos & Herreros worked with Ángel Jaramillo, Renata Sentkiewicz, Jakob Hense.
Documenting this project are conceptual, design development and presentation drawings, cartographic and graphic materials, and competition records.
Note that there are additional 145 photographic materials, drawings, printouts and graphic materials related to this project arranged in series AP164.S2 and AP164.S3. See files ARCH270969, ARCH277413, ARCH277512, ARCH278245, ARCH278248, ARCH278440, ARCH278441, ARCH268722, ARCH268725, ARCH268880, ARCH270963, ARCH270966, ARCH270971, ARCH270972, ARCH270973, ARCH270974, ARCH270975, ARCH270976, ARCH270979, ARCH271035, and ARCH271331.