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Walkway-Lookout over Rioseco Mines

Walkway-Lookout over Rioseco Mines

Architects

Nacho Ruiz Allen, José Antonio Ruiz Esquiroz + CONGEO, S.L. (Project management)

Team

Sara López Arraiza

Collaborators

Manuel Martínez Manso (quantity surveyor), Pentia (structural engineer)

Client

Ayuntamiento de Riosa

Construction company

Jaime Fernández, S.L.

Location

Rioseco-Llamo, Asturias, Spain

Year(s)

2015

Photographs

Miguel de Guzmán, RAAL

Awards

Nominee (2022) – Archdaily 2022 Building of the Year. Small Scale & Installations Category
Shortlisted (2016) - XIII Spanish Architecture Biennial. Madrid, Spain


WALKWAY-LOOKOUT OVER RIOSECO MINES

Slow down, disconnect, let yourself be captivated by the immensisty of the landscape and reflect. To reach the walkway-lookout requires physical and mental effort.

The village of Llamo, with barely a dozen inhabitants, marks the beginning of the walking route. We enter the Aramo Mountains, a mythical place of European mining, whose presence dates back to no less than the Neolithic (4500 BC). The point of arrival is the Rioseco Mining Village, created with British capital in the late nineteenth century and which remained active until well into the twentieth century.

The proposal highlights the natural landscape as well as the industrial heritage, history and memory of the mining in our country. The walway is integrated into the steep topography, placing its access at the highest level of the industrial settlement, resting lightly on its thick pillars and a cyclopean wall, from where it flies over the landscape. The walkway becomes a cantilevered viewpoint lookout, offering spectacular views where the hiker finds temporary shelter. The project is built in dialogue with its ruined context. Concrete, rusted metal and recycled wood are the only three materials used, which interact with a fourth protagonist: the atmospheric. Materials combined with a great economy of mean, which have already allowed hundreds of hikers enjoy a moment of pause... of rapture in front of the landscape.