E17 Portraits - Earth, Wind & Water

Makarska (HR) - Winner

Earth, Wind & Water

Associates: Elisabeth Terrisse de Botton (ES), Matthieu Brasebin (FR) – architects

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"The project “Earth, Wind and Water” raises a major issue for the city of Makarska, as in many other coastal cities of the Mediterranean Sea: the impact of mass tourism on a place's social and cultural heritage. The site's specific territorial and atmospheric conditions (Biokovo mountain/Earth, Bura/Wind, Adriatic Sea/Water) give unique tastes to local products, strongly defining Makarska’s unique identity. Three sites in the core of the city center were proposed with programs gravitating around culture and food: a market, a gastronomic center, and a cultural platform. These programs set great opportunities to define public spaces that could offer new synergies between locals and tourists."