Vinaròs Microcoasts

Vinaròs is a town on the Mediterranean coast of Spain, near the delta of the river Ebro, about halfway between Barcelona and Valencia. Its south shore is full of coves and cliffs and rocks. The coastline is constantly changing because of the sea, which causes erosion. Barcelona based Guallart Architects took on a project to allow the residents of Vinaròs to use their coastlines more freely.

Choosing spots close to the ocean, they set simple hexagonal grids into the rock, which were then covered with timber panels which can be positioned flat, partially or fully folded, creating their own 'microtopographies'. Not only extremely beautiful as pieces of art, these platforms are also extremely functional. Locals fell easily in love with their new coast and so did I.

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