- Reusing and recycling industrial archaeology. Studio Castillo/Miras
The ruins of the calcination furnaces from an old iron mine in Luainena de las Torres, near Almería in the south of Spain had been left to crumble away since 1942. Spanish architects Luis Castillo and Mercedes Miras recently redeveloped them in order to set up a new, very close relationship between architecture and landscape.
The architects opted for an intrinsically sustainable design, reusing the site rubble to completely reconstruct one of the furnaces as a reminder of the mining past. The new elements added for better use of the site are made from Corten steel, so they tie in with the industrial language and are non-invasive because they are easy to remove.
The reconstructed furnace sits perfectly in its natural setting and becomes both a landmark and viewing point, inviting visitors to ponder the bleak, commanding nature as well as what remains of a not too distant industrial history. A place for remembering.
Project: Luis Castillo and Mercedes Miras from Castillo-Miras Arquitectos http://www.castillomiras.es
Location: Almería, Spain
Photography: © Fernando Alda, http://www.fernandoalda.com
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