A City on a Bend in a River: Sotos de la Albolofia © Barnaby Ghaul, Alison Mudd, Joseph Price

A City on a Bend in a River: Sotos de la Albolofia

Barnaby Ghaul, Alison Mudd, Joseph Price

Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture

Project Description

The scheme comprises of a collection of structures that are situated within the Guadalquvir River, Cordoba. They explore the use and interaction of
water within highly crafted architectures.

The ‘Paper House’ stands adjacent to a string of derelict flour mills. Taking influence from these structures, the paper house reintroduces the artisan craft of paper making into Cordoba by using the unique landscape as a source of energy.

The Olive Oil Mill sits in the Guadalquivir river as it passes through the city of Cordoba, it harnesses the river in the production of Olive Oil, the olives are gathered from downstream brought in by barge, the finished product is used in the cities restaurants surrounding the ancient Mosque.

The sturgeon hatchery acts as a catalyst for a wider conservation strategy within the Guadalquivir river system. The buildings are finely tuned to the river, accepting flood water in the lower level whilst using the rising water as a trigger for passive evacuation into the upper hull.