Fishermen Department in Cangas
On the one hand, a pier that hosts multiple activities, with a range of pre-existing facilities amongst which the new fishermen’s sheds to be added might be just another individualized component. On the other hand, an urban scene in which the pier breakwater is already a public space, used spontaneously for marine events, a yacht club isolated from the boat ramp and the pier by a city street, a pedestrian path to the beach in summer, a large car park, etc., ultimately a rich environment with functional conflicts. Finally, but nevertheless incredibly relevant, is the potential impact of these buildings on the landscape, the problem of a screen generated alongside the estuary that could block off the Cangas township.
This project thus emerges at a point where nature merges with buildings, the city as a living space converges with the harbour as infrastructure, urban and engineered architecture as surprised looks, a modern evolution from a commencement in which human settlements reflected the specific conditions of each place and time, generated in their struggle to make a living.
The building strives to harmonise its presence as a public facility without interrupting the sense of permeability towards the landscape, while stitching the realm of professional sailors at the pier level with the world of leisure and promenades along the breakwater. A building resolved in galvanized steel which, evoking the shipbuilding process, configures all of its parts using three hierarchical orders. The tubular structure defines the volumes with a modulation that has the same rhythm as the sheet metal skin attached to it.
The fishermen Department can be found Cangas, Galicia, Spain.