Recovery of The King’s Little Pathway
Studio: Luis Machuca Y Asociados Arquitectos
Project: Recovery of The King’s Little Pathway
Location: El Chorro Gorge, Málaga, Spain
Category: Landscape & Infrastructure
Credit: Duccio Malagamba, J.Maria Álvarez
Main goals of the Recovery of The King’s Little Pathway project were:
– Maintain the current landscape by not damaging the environment.
– Keep the memory of the old trail as archaeological industry.
– Is very important don’t forget the human impact on the surrounding area when the path reopens.
– Solve the complexity of the project with a moderate budget and make it with a easy design.
The place is a rich archaeological settlement, wild life area, of botanic and geological interest, best of all is a beauty spot, it is strong and fragile at the same time. The focus was to create something new but getting it to look like it had always been there.
We decided to keep the memory of the old trail and to conserve it by keeping everything as it was of archaeological value.
The decision to maintain the old trail, allow us to appreciate how it was built it hundred years ago.
Today the labours are specialist in vertical jobs, and the material for construction are; stainless steel for, mess, anchors, kneecaps and braces also wood for the beams and floor.
The layout is a organic body, really a meccano that has been adapted to the escarpment walls like a centipede walking along the sheer faces.
I designed a light Bridge, so that when the visitor cross over it looks like they are flouting. The bridge disappear of view.
Moreover one part of this project is the pavilion of Reception Center. Really could say that is an abstraction of karts formation of gorges
– This action is reversible.
– The wooden floor and beams is cut according to the state of the rock at each point, and also the brackets and kneecaps which results in an excellent adaptability, and means that panels are easy to be replaced.
– The wooden and steel structure it merges with surroundings.
The length of the route is 7.7 km.
The final cost the path under 2.7millon €