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Bilbao, Spain

Parque Campa de los Ingleses

Lantec, Balmori Associates, RTN — Parque Campa de los Ingleses

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Campa de los Ingleses flows from the Guggenheim Bilbao Museum, unifying the Abandoibarra area of Bilbao and the Nervión River. The park’s defining lines mark undulating paths that pull up to create a series of curving terraces. These topographic waves mediate a 10m elevation difference across the park. The terraces, ramps, stairs and walls flow into one another to sculpt a park that gracefully integrates the Mazarredo, Duesto Bridge, and the Plaza Euskadi with surrounding buildings and most importantly the Nervión River into a seamless urban experience.

Lantec, Balmori Associates, RTN — Parque Campa de los Ingleses

Programmed spaces are inserted into the terrace walls, allowing for a continuous park surface. Elliptical forms that follow the terrace splits, the buildings are the “eyes” of the park and define nodes of activity from tapas bar to public restrooms. Alongside the “topographic objects”, the paths widen to shape public spaces designed for relaxation and views of the river, mountains and the Guggenheim.

Lantec, Balmori Associates, RTN — Parque Campa de los Ingleses

Image: Balmori Associates © All rights reserved.

Bands of plantings dance across the site emphasizing the flow of the landscape. An abundance of flowering shrubs, perennials and groundcovers perform a stunning seasonal show. Situated within the bands of color, small bosques of lawn, sloping towards the river provide space for picnics and sunbathing. Lines of colorful trees wind through the site, collecting in the plazas to provide pockets of shade and blooms.

Lantec, Balmori Associates, RTN — Parque Campa de los Ingleses

Image: Balmori Associates © All rights reserved.

The challenging topography inspires and organizes the landscape into an existing and unique array of park spaces, planting and program. It explores the interface between the urban landscape, architecture and public space.

Lantec, Balmori Associates, RTN — Parque Campa de los Ingleses

Image: Balmori Associates © All rights reserved.

Lantec, Balmori Associates, RTN — Parque Campa de los Ingleses

Lantec, Balmori Associates, RTN — Parque Campa de los Ingleses

Image: Balmori Associates © All rights reserved.

Lantec, Balmori Associates, RTN — Parque Campa de los Ingleses

Image: Balmori Associates © All rights reserved.

Lantec, Balmori Associates, RTN — Parque Campa de los Ingleses

Image: Balmori Associates © All rights reserved.

Lantec, Balmori Associates, RTN — Parque Campa de los Ingleses

Lantec, Balmori Associates, RTN — Parque Campa de los Ingleses

Image: Balmori Associates © All rights reserved.

Lantec, Balmori Associates, RTN — Parque Campa de los Ingleses

Image: Balmori Associates © All rights reserved.

Lantec, Balmori Associates, RTN — Parque Campa de los Ingleses

Image: Balmori Associates © All rights reserved.

Lantec, Balmori Associates, RTN — Parque Campa de los Ingleses

Image: Balmori Associates © All rights reserved.

Lantec, Balmori Associates, RTN — Parque Campa de los Ingleses

Image: Balmori Associates © All rights reserved.

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