In the town of Candelaria, history and nature have created one of the most unique archaeological heritages of all Canary Islands.

The memory the apparition of the Virgin Marie in one of the caves that are located in this town has profoundly marked its historical development and is shaping a cultural and religious sense which is one of the most powerful imaginaries of the Canarian identity.

In this sense, our proposal for remodelling the village of Candelaria is a project that takes into account these values inherited, not only to preserve but also to its dissemination, updating this heritage in order to promote their implementation in common, their socialization.

The project structure an urban complex that, without solution of continuity, will be carried from the Basilica and its square to the Barranco de Tapia, passing by the street Anton Guanche, the District of Santa Ana and radiating to the maritime edge, the Paseo de San Blas.

Two geometries arrange the area:

-The historical print of the religious superpositions that have defined the village: from the first Cueva de los Camellos to the current Basilica dated from 1959, whose dome is constituted in a focus that irradiates towards the whole intervention, working as a symbolic headlight that appeals to the religious memory of the area.  The paving geometry of the Plaza de la Patrona stresses this centrality. In this same way, the square floor lightning reminds the wax remains that left the candles on the black sand beach.

-The restoration of the natural look of the gully that is joined to its former beach (Plaza de la Patrona) through a succession of architectonic interventions that make the area functional, special and representative. In the parts of the gully already degraded by waste dump terrain local facilities are placed destined to the holding of concerts and certain dimension events that enable to clear the basilica square from many activities that competed with their urban and symbolic character. This auditorium is connected at its high part, to a viewpoint-piece that shelters a restaurant that provides the visitor a panoramic view of Villa Mariana de Candelaria and the sea. Down the gully, Anton Guanche street becomes a market space where to show the traditions and creations of our artisans. With this route the ancient caves are recovered and a sacred art museum is incorporated.



  • Status Project

  • Location Candelaria, Tenerife. Spain

  • Program Public Space

  • Year 2010

  • Developer Cabildo Insular de Tenerife


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