The main purpose of this park, which forms part of the project Tenerife verde (Green Tenerife), is to provide an urban green space for the town. At the same time, it also offers a number of sports and leisure facilities for local residents to enjoy.
The proposal pays particular attention to the design and placement of the landscaped slopes and the wooded area surrounding the sports track, in order to minimize the visual impact of the track while allowing it to construct its own atmosphere. This allows the “green” nature of the park to predominate from all angles, both from the outside and from within the park itself.
The network of footpaths that guides visitors through the park and sketches out the main routes to be followed also contributes to spatially differentiating the different zones; in this way, the leisure areas at one end of the park can be enjoyed in peace even while sporting activities are going on elsewhere.
For the same reason, the small drinks kiosk has been placed in an access area that is more closely linked to the footpath leading from the park to the town centre.
Built using a sole material element that unfolds over three dimensions, the kiosk defines a border in this space, and offers a shady place where visitors can stop and rest.
San Francisco Park
Parque de San Francisco. Buenavista del Norte, Tenerife. Canary Islands. Spain
Juan Antonio González Pérez, Urbano Yanes Tuña, Carolina Rivero González
Rafael Fernández Domínguez, Eduardo Zárate Pintado
Miriam Hernández Pérez
Tenerife Island Council
Vallés Empresa Constructora S.A.
José Luis González Doña
José Ramón Oller, Efraín Pintos, Urbano Yanes Tuña
Premios FAD, 2003: Selected Premio Manuel de Oráa y Arcocha, Xth Edition, 2002: Honourable Mention
Books: In Favour of Public Space. Barcelona: CCCB / Actar, 2010 Ruiz Cabrero, Gabriel: Guía de Arquitectura Contemporánea / Contemporary Architecture Guide 1962-2006. Tenerife. Tenerife: Cabildo Insular de Tenerife, 2008 Juan Gopar / Lara Almárcegui: Taller – Exposición. Las Palmas de Gran Canaria: CAAM, 2006 Magazines: arquitectos nº164 (2003), a+t (in common II) nº26 (2005), Basa nº27 (2002)