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Bay of Pasaia, San Sebastian, ES

The Bay of Pasaia was once an attractive, natural estuary for the River Oiastzun but over time the areas around the bay have been transformed into large, man-made sites for shipyards, warehouses and for the storage of materials.

Our masterplan proposes to return the waterfront sites to its natural state, and is premised on five planning concepts: (1) Revealing the water and transforming the present sites to a hybrid state that allows for new development while improving drainage, water quality and biodiversity (2) Making waterfront parks and open spaces that are linked into a wider network of parks and routes around the bay, such as the Camino de Santiago (3) Re-establishing connections between the site and its surrounding context by road, rail and boat (4) Strengthening the existing neighbourhoods around the bay, by also reflecting their distinctly different identities, architectures, public spaces, streetscapes and relationships to the coastline and (5) Building on local know-how to establish an accompanying cultural renewal and branding the site's future in a solid base of marine and energy technology, gastronomy and fashion through Paco Rabanne’s label.

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Revealing the water

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Waterland Gain



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Bay of Pasaia Masterplan, San Sebastian, ES



Gipuzkoa Aurrera


Port redevelopment

Site area

68 ha

Design team

Studio Woodroffe Papa in collaboration with Balmori Associates, Lantec, IKEI and Battle McCarthy

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