Cultural experimental spaces


AUTHOR: Luis Bautista Harris
PLACE: Arrecife, Canary Islands, Spain
YEAR: 2018
STATUS: Unbuilt


It is interesting the concept of unity, as a whole, when talking about an area of Arrecife that is currently unlinked, with the urban fabric that the circumvallation, but that, treated from a larger scale urban regeneration operation, can generate a point of great impact for it.

The conception of the architectural object as an isolated element has no place in this area without previously considering the interrelation present between them. That is, it might seem that architecture emerges as ‘isolated’ operations but from a more distant view, it will be appreciated that the relationship between architectural space and free space is the only leitmotif of the formal and functional organization of the area.

The relationships that occur between the program that is offered and the public free space, which are the proposed uses in themselves, which expose this transformative capacity, that all space is public space. ArrecifeLAB is a space for creation, production, research and dissemination of projects through active collaboration.

It can be defined as a socio-cultural “cluster”: an open platform where to experiment and alter the creative and cultural production processes through teaching and development of projects for the medium of different forms of participation, exchange and collaboration of different profiles, scientific, technical) and levels of specialization (experts and beginners).

I started to subtract volumes that had dimension, shapes and proportion that recall these buildings. The only exception is the entrance, that is visible in the “facade” and it’s inspired by the big vaults of the Thermal Bath of Hierapolis. From this big hall, the visitor will directly access to the roof-top using a big stair observable from the main entrance.

Appreciate the learning of doing, through the experience in the different workshops, and the learning of knowledge, through research, thought and critical reflection. Its pedagogy is deployed, from the diversity, through different levels of studies and activities, establishing itself as a single center and integral reference in the international cultural industry.

It “defines” a place that allows investigating novelties that explore new ways of creation, production and commercialization, fostering the relationship between professionals in the creative industries and the general public. Its users are students, researchers, professionals and amateurs from different fields that include art, technology, design, engineering, physics, biology, history, sociology, anthropology, education, communication, etc. The center of attention at all levels, socially linking people with diverse profiles and common interests, increasing synergies that often reveal the potential and creativity of multidisciplinary work.

How is this translated into an architectural and urban model? How is public space made to conform the ‘interiors’ and even the buildings themselves? At a general level, the architectural ensemble is related to the urban environment of hinge between two surfaces, two spaces -the industrial city to the north and the saltpans to the south (to two different spaces) – inhabiting the line that separates them, generating spaces of horizontal relationship in vertical connection levels.

A closer staircase, you look as far as possible, go unnoticed in the landscape, leaving the salt pans charge all the leading role in the area. It should be noted that the constant intention is to maintain the set of salt pans with their original value in the salt heritage of the island; therefore, the areas linked to them are reclassified, maintaining their constructive integrity through their reconversion into a large urban park.


Architect and designer, Luis Bautista Harris settles people on the center of his production and investigation lines. Interrelation between people and space –people and architecture, people and the territory, people with other people (society)– has structured his principal work pieces for the last years in a complex variety of representation ways.

He achieved his degree in Architecture and Urban Design at University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Canary Islands, Spain, but recognizes that studying and working abroad has given to him new perspectives of the social and technical aspects of architecture and urban design.

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