Analysing each and every one of the port activities of Alicante was the starting point for designing the New Entrance from the city to the port. The city has a especially seaward bent, as the port was and is vitally important for its development.
Suggests two concepts: integration and exclusion. Integration from the urban side, where the new infrastructure strengthens the city’s communications with the port.
Exclusion in that access is restricted to authorised persons.
Both concepts are formalised through the memory of the old entrance gates, which have become important elements of the city’s layout.
Integration as a parameter directing the urban landscape:
The new architectural composition designed defines a landscape that puts the finishing touch to one of the city’s main avenues.
Exclusion as a security parameter:
The New Entrance occupies the entire width of the Avenue, barring passage, and uses architectural elements that evoke those used in the old gates of walled cities, where portcullises and moats prevented not only entry but even approach. Formally, it is a prism that sections the avenue. A prism between six sheets of water resembling a moat. As an obstacle to
traffic, a mobile gate, almost like a portcullis, can close off the port at certain times.
Avd. Oscar Esplá (Alicante)
Antonio Galiano Garrigós.
Rafael Landete Pascual.
Jose Mª Germán Cecilia
Moises Mula Parres
Almudena Espinosa Fernández
Javier Jiménez Benito
Veronica Seoane Lugli