Caramoniña Allotments

Title: Caramoniña Allotments
Location: Santiago de Compostela, Spain
Studio: abalo alonso arquitectos
Author: Elizabeth Abalo, Gonzalo Alonso
Category: Collective Place
Video: Inigo Alonso Abalo
Photos: Héctor Fernández Santos-Díez

Is there anything more sustainable than a site which cares for itself?
The maintenance of a park can be expensive sometimes. If we introduce other uses or opportunities, citizenship can collaborate with this maintenance. If we look into the site history we can recover the old allotments and bring them back to the present. In fact, these plots were the kitchen gardens of the old houses in the current ruins. The neighbourhood can use these allotments, over forty or fifty, and collaborate in the maintenance of the plot, among other advantages.
Accessibility plus activity lead to sustainability; and give us a better quality of life. We improve the connection and accessibility between both of the neighbourhoods, those who live in the Historical City and those who live in the Almáciga. We also allow them get better and well known fresh food while they do exercise. We design a place where they meet, a secure place easy for the elderly or disabled to use.
We use stone in some of the walls, concrete in other walls and some pavements, and earth in other pavements. And we also use orchards, and onions, and lettuces, and carrots, and…


Confiamos en que la resolución de los problemas de accesibilidad, conjuntamente con la actividad propuesta, favorezca no solo la sostenibilidad de la actuación, sino que mejore sensiblemente la calidad de vida del vecindario.
Se facilitan una serie de recorridos y zonas de estancia y relación entre bancales, con esplendidas vistas hacia la ciudad histórica y buena orientación suroeste. Un recorrido más corto, con escaleras, bordea las ruinas existentes.
Cual pista polideportiva o centro de salud, la huerta urbana se ha convertido en una dotación ciudadana más. Un lugar colectivo. Esperamos convertir, en un futuro próximo, las ruinas en invernadero, aseos y almacén de aperos.