IVAL - Insel vor Valencia
The bed of the old river Turia is extended to the coastline of Valencia, where it is crowned by the island complex: "Isla del Sol". Like a flower-stipe is this connected by road to the old part of the city to form part of the urban structure of Valencia. The road connection to the mainland includes a new maritime promenade and a new bridge over the container port (harbour). The present port will therefore require modification. Access by water to the islands is by ferries and boats, the shores of the islands all being provided with moorings. The islands are interconnected by bridges, so that the sea currents can flow freely between the islands without major obstruction. The island shores are protected by breakwaters.
The "Isla del Sol" symbolizes an orange peeled opening, and, at the same time, the opening of an orange blossom. The resulting geometric forms are reflected in the structure of the islands as see from the air. The "Isla del Sol" of Valencia, comprising a number of small islands shaped like strips of orange peel, and has roads of different size interconnecting the islands like the ribs of a leaf.
These islands are allocated different uses and have different respective characters in dependence on the building density. The "Isla del Sol"-project would be realized with all ecological methods, seeming possible at the moment. For example: the electric current is produced by solar photo-voltaic systems and by wind power stations, and the desalination of sea water serves for watering the green areas and gives industrial water for sanitary use. More energy could be gained with water to water heat pumps, and hanging gardens would be helpful for conditioning the zones between the buildings.
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