Walkway-Lookout over Rioseco Mines

Nacho Ruiz Allén , Jose Antonio Ruiz Esquiroz. Architects

Slow down, disconnect, become captivated by the vastness of the landscape and think. To reach the walkway-lookout requires a physical and mental effort.
The village of LLamo, with only a dozen inhabitants, marks the beginning of the walking route. We enter the Aramo Mountains, a mythical place of European mining, whose presence dates back no less than the Neolithic (4500 BC).
The point of arrival is the Rioseco Mining Village, which was created with British capital in the late nineteenth century and remained active until the 60s of the twentieth century.

The proposal puts in value the natural landscape and industrial heritage, history and memory of the mining of our country.
The walway is integrated with the slope of the topography, placing its access at the highest point of the industrial settlement, landing lightly on his thick pillars and a cyclopean wall, from where it flies over the landscape. The walkway becomes a cantilever lookout, which offers spectacular views where the hiker found a temporary shelter.
The project is built in dialogue with its ruined context. Concrete, rusty metal and recycled wood are the only three materials, which interact with a fourth protagonist: the atmospheric.
Three materials which have been combined with great economy of means, and have already enabled hundreds of hikers enjoy a moment of pause…fulfillment in front of the landscape.

Walkway-Lookout over Rioseco Mines
Rioseco-Llamo, Riosa, Asturias, Spain
Architects: Nacho Ruiz Allén , Jose Antonio Ruiz Esquiroz
Team: Sara López Arraiza
Consultant: CONGEO, Consultoría Geológica S.L.
Developer: Ayuntamiento de Riosa
Contractor: Jaime Fernández S.L.
Surveyor: Manuel Martínez Manso
Budget: 54.600 €
Cost/m2: 910 €/m2
Surface: 60 m2
End of works: 31/08/2015

Architects: ZonE, Nacho Ruiz Allen, Jose Antonio Ruiz Esquiroz, RuizEsquiroz


C/conde de romanones 9,5i
28012, Madrid, SPAIN

Nacho Ruiz Allén
Josean Ruiz Esquiroz
Lucía Martínez Trejo

Nacho Ruiz Allen
Jose Antonio Ruiz Esquiroz

Josean ruiz esquíroz is a PhD architect (summa cum laude) from the ETSAM (Madrid); Extraordinary doctorate prize from the UPM (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid); Graduated with honors (Lucille Smyser Award) at the Master in Advanced Architectural Design in the GSAPP at Columbia University in New York; and a Licensed architect from ETSAB (Barcelona) since the year 2000.

Currently he is teaching at ETSAM as an Associate professor of Design, and as a professor of theory at the LAB4 in the Master´s Degree. He has been adjunct professor of design at Buffalo School of Architecture at the State University of New York, SUNY, and Teacher Assistant at the GSAPP at Columbia University. He is a member of the Research Group GIPC (Grupo de Investigación del Paisaje Cultural).

In 2002 he won a grant from La Caixa Felloship Program to study his Master´s degree in the United States, and since then he has received several grants to develop different independent studies, related with architecture, sustainability, landscape and theory.

ruizesquiroz architects (REA) starts in the XXI century as a transversal design office in a time when contemporary architecture is deeply rethinking its ability to transform reality. From a renewed optimism, we explore new solutions to problems often inedited, moving our practice to the margins of the discipline. What once seemed solid, stable and timeless now becomes fluid and multiple, making the temporal dimension the new matter of our century, as important as space, light and matter in the modern classicism.