The coast of La Jaquita has small coves with rocky areas and natural pools of great scenic value but highly deteriorated before these actions due to the activities of seasonal camping, rubble dumping, farming paths and walls, etc.
The plans to condition the area emphasised making it suitable for the environment: in the cove area, the beach’s profile was set back inland; thus avoiding breakwaters from damaging the seabed and leaving the sand confined between the rocky geological forms. In the area with natural pools, they were completely closed up in areas with open gaps. They allowed their natural renewal during high tide and calm waters during low tide, thus guaranteeing the sustainability of marine fauna.
These bathing areas are connected by a stone path tied together with a red, asphalt strip for sports use which is in formal and functional continuity with the existing path. There are also platform viewpoints located on the hills between the coves. The transition between the coast and cultivated lands is carried out in a traditional way with landscaped stone terraces.
Therefore, we approached the landscape regeneration considering the place’s roots: black sand beaches, natural pools in the rock, etc. – all perpetuating the unique relationship of the local population with the Atlantic Ocean.
This job has been awarded the PRIZE AGUSTÍN DE BETANCOURT for the Best Civil Engineering Job in the Canary Islands 2010-13. In addition, it was a finalist for the I ARCHITECTURE AWARD of the Association of Architects Tenerife-Gomera-Hierro 2008-17 in the category of landscape architecture and public space projects.