Historical Center area of Orihuela next to the Mount San Miguel has traditionally been the site of humble dwellings. Its position in a geographically hard environment has led to the development of small and modest quality construction. The successive displacement of the center of the city to the other side of the river has ended up in abandonment of the historic center especially affecting the basement of the mountain. The housing supply in areas newly created enables a process of abandonment and degradation leading to the emergence of the so-called slum belt saw.
Need of the historic center rehabilitation and specially Sierra’s belt zone makes Orihuela’s townhall carry out different initiatives focused in urban space quality improvement, therefore the different levels of activity in this city area.
This project aims to recover the urban environment with repairing the facades of houses and adequacy of space connection between this part of the city and the foothills of Mount San Miguel. At the top of the street, a continuous connection to the hillside base paths and walkways is performed.
The solutions adopted for the recovery of the urban environment are based on simple tasks that can be carried out by the employment workshop, so that the entire workforce are students of the workshop. Constructive solutions are simple, low cost interventions respect the environment and maximize the use of materials that can be obtained from the area itself as masonry walls or promenades.
Antonio Galiano Garrigós
Javier Jiménez Benito
Sandra Escoda Pérez
José Luis Sanjuan Palermo
Sara de Francisco Pascual
Javier Rives Manresa