29 Jan '16, 9am

Stormwater-savvy urban park turns permeable paving into a beautiful design asset

“The new San Martín de la Mar Square aims to rediscover and boost the privileged location this urban enclave holds in the city of Santander, referring especially to the views which can be obtained from it,” write the architects. “Its new condition of urban viewpoint allows visitors to enjoy exceptional views oriented to the south, reincorporating the lost images of the bay and the passage of ships in that area of the city. Its new configuration as a promontory and the intentional position of the trees and vegetation, enable an optimal capture of views and visual escape.” The concrete structures double as seating and retaining walls, while the permeable pavers allows for the natural drainage of rainwater and are arranged in a pattern inspired by the fishing nets used at sea.

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