In 2009 BOARD collaborated with STAR for the international competition for the Mirador del Palmeral (Palm Grove’s Viewpoint). The entry won the first prize in a two-phased competition and received a lot of attention, not only because renowned firms such as: MVRDV, SANAA, Foster, Abalos + Sentkiewicz, and Lapeña & Torres were invited to participate, but because it won the competition with a strategy, rather than a design.

More information about this project can be found on STAR’s website.

Title: Mirador del Palmeral
Project: Mirador del Palmeral de Elche
First phase: February 2009 – results March 23, 2009
Second phase: May 2009 – results July 17, 2009
First phase: Open International Competition, selection of two teams from 56 participants (145 registrations).
Second phase: Invited Competition (2 teams from first phase + 5 invited teams: SANAA, MVRDV, Foster & Partners, Lapeña & Torres, Ábalos & Sentkiewicz + Teresa Galí-Arquitectura Agronomía)
Organizer: OCOA – Oficina de Concursos Comunidad Valenciana
Ranking: 1. Prize
Location: Elche, Alicante, Spain
Site: Avenida del Paseo de la Estación + Roundabout with Avenida del Ferrocarril View point + Reurbanization + Proposed: Railway Station, Parking, Cultural Centre, Strategy for the reintegration of the Palm Grove in the city
Surface: 15.000 m² of public spaces + 1200 m² of exhibition rooms + Mirador –Viewpoint + Railway Station 1.100 m² + Parking 7.800 m²
Client: Ayuntamiento de Elche (Elche City Council)
Budget: € 10 Mill. + € 6 Mill. – Already reserved for the Railway Station
Publications: Selection:
– Arquitectos Movilidad, Madrid, Spain, June, 2011
-A New Generation in Architecture. West Arch vol.1, Berlin, Germany, September, 2010
-Met Stip 2010, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, June, 2010
-Architectuur NL #06, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, May, 2010
-TC Cuadernos, Concursos #94, Valencia, Spain, May 2010
-AV Proyectos #35, Madrid, Spain, March 2010
-AWM – Architectenweb Magazine #31, Bussum, the Netherlands, February 2010
-Arte y Cemento #2109, Bilbao, Spain, December 2009
-Paisajismo #31, Barcelona, Spain, November 2009
-Mark Magazine #22, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, Sept/Oct 2009
-A10 magazine #29, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Sept/Oct 2009
-Cyan Magazine #5, (Spain), Sept/Oct 2009
-a+u. Architecture and Urbanism #468, Tokyo, Japan, September 2009
-Space Magazine #502, Seoul, Korea, September 09
-Design ReportMagazine # Spanien, Leinfelden, Germany, September 2009
-AD Algeem Dagblad #230709, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, July 2009
-Diario La Verdad #180709, Elche, Spain, July 2009
-Diario Información #180709, Elche, Spain, July 2009
-Diario Información #050609, Elche, Spain, June 2009
-Diario La Verdad #050609, Elche, Spain, June 2009
Exhibitions: Selection:
-West Arch – A New Generation in Architecture at the Ludwig Forum für International Kunst, Aachen, Germany, September 12 – November 14, 2010
-Traveling Exhibition Elche, Spain June 29–17 July 2009
-Lonja del Ayuntamiento, Elche, Spain June 5 – 29, 2009
-Solo Presentation at Menage a Trois in Matadero, during the Madrid Architecture Week, October 5, 2010
-Solo Presentation at FITUR 2010, IFEMA, Madrid, Spain, January 20, 2010
STAR Team: First phase: Beatriz Ramo, Jean-Vianney Deleersnyder, Simone de Iacobis
Second phase: Beatriz Ramo, Jean-Vianney Deleersnyder, Jordi Milà, Albert Perez, Luca Vandini
Collaborators: Competition phase: Logistics: Javier Ramo, Ana López – Angulo, Bernd Upmeyer (BOARD) Model: Vincent de Rijk + STAR; Text Editing: Maarten Doude van Troostwijk; Model 2011: Vincent de Rijk + STAR (Philip Vandermey, Francesca Rizzetto, Genoveva Carrión)
Consulting: ARUP España, Project director: Ignacio Fernández Solla (Associate Director) Coordinator: Fernando García Colorado, Structure: Patricio García Hernández, Kayin Dawoodi; Sustainability: Ramón Rodríguez Cabezón (Associate), Albert Hassan, Susana Saiz Alcázar; Electrical installation: Pablo Checa Sanz (Associate), Valentín García Rasero