A garden in an old fisherman's house
Llanes (Asturias, Spain) is an ancient whaling village steeped in a history of whale hunting and pirate tales. The task of restoring a garden in an old fisherman's house at the harbor represents not only a great responsibility but also a unique opportunity to pay homage to the area's history and traditions.
Such a restoration is an exercise in uncovering the essence of local identity. As landscape architects, our job is to rescue the memory of the place, intertwining the past and present to build a sustainable future and create a space that adds value to the community. Historically, it is crucial to study and understand past practices, customs, and construction techniques to ensure that our work reflects the authenticity of Llanes' cultural legacy. By immersing ourselves in history, we find inspiration to bring to life a space that speaks for itself.
These photos display the initial situation of the project when we started working on it, reflecting the starting point from which we have embarked on our restoration and design work.
To tackle this challenge, we conducted an exhaustive study of the building's pathologies, focusing on critical aspects such as walls and containment structures. After identifying and analyzing the affected areas, we proceeded to restore the deteriorated elements, employing techniques and materials that respect the original construction. In doing so, we have preserved the structural integrity and aesthetics of the fisherman's house, ensuring its legacy endures over time.
Additionally, aware of the importance of integrating technology, we have implemented home automation systems for the garden's lighting and automatic irrigation. These solutions not only increase energy efficiency and functionality of the space but also discreetly blend into the design, respecting the historical essence of the place.
During the garden restoration process, we paid special attention to preserving the existing large trees, and through our research, we have dated some of these specimens to be over 100 years old. These trees are living witnesses to the history of the place, and their conservation is vital to maintaining the essence and character of the garden.
Regarding design, we have focused on removing barriers and fostering connection with the surroundings, inviting people to enjoy the harbor and its views. By incorporating volumes and usage areas that facilitate the flow of movement and interaction within the space, we have improved the garden's functionality and accessibility for everyday use.