Top axonometric perspective
Exterior view of the new Gardens of San Esteban
Bottom axonometric perspective
Interior view of the archaeological remains
Archaeological Site in Murcia
The proposal for the enhancement of the archaeological site of the Andalusí suburb of Arriaxaca and the gardens of San Esteban in Murcia, Spain, was conceived with the aim of solving the two levels that comprise the area with a single strategy. On one hand, the underground level houses the archaeological site and research and dissemination facilities. On the other, the upper level serves as an open urban public space. This is a place full of history that must be preserved and valued for the knowledge and enjoyment of the city of Murcia.
The archaeological site is covered with a new topographic layer parallel to its perimeter streets. This new layer rises 1 meter above the street level, allowing the pedestrian to have a direct view of the remains. On the upper side of this covering, a new public square is generated. It is composed of a series of planters and permeable pavements. On one end, the landscape layout has the didactic aim of showcasing this wonderful example of Andalusí urban planning. On the other end, it evokes the diversity of the system of orchards that used to surround the Jesuit monastery of San Esteban, on top of this current archaeological site in Murcia.
Ministerio de Fomento
José Ramón Sierra