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Tourist Resort
Villafranca de los Barros. Spain - second prize
The new centre of hospitality in Villafranca de los Barros is a dynamic complex which is more like a town than a building; it is a small, protected, comfortable world, a barrio blanco carpeted with thousands of brightly coloured flowers and able to relate with the surrounding countryside, which it is deeply rooted to. The concept for this project comes from the haciendas agricolas in southern Spain, white buildings dotted on the landscape like silent presences firmly anchored to the land. The original volume is divided up, generating a flexible system of smaller volumes which move according to the direction of and the search for light. This arrangement gives rise to a great variety of open spaces, patios and gardens of different sizes, protehcted from the noise of the traffic. The buildings open out onto each garden through a flowery fa├žade.