Treatment Project of Dombate Dolmen

Treatment project of intermediate and interior spaces inside the zone PEP (Special Protection Plan) of Dombate Dolmen

Year of the project: 2004

Author: Pedro Calaza Martínez.

Total amount: 566.859 euro.

 Description: At present, the Dombate Dolmen is protected by a special plan owing to its category of Property of Cultural Interest (in the past had the category of Historical-Artistic Provincial Monument) by virtue of the Law 16/85 of Spanish Heritage. This protection conditioned not only the design options but also the methodological approach to the writing of this project.

 The main purpose of this project was the conditioning from the most natural possible way of Dombate Dolmen environment, with the aim of achieving an amusement and rest use. Moreover, different zones where the visitors would be able to practice various activities connected with the history of the dolmen were filled out.

 For that reason, the legal and the outstanding protection determinants were taken into account in the design phase, and other like the topography, the perimeter constructions, the dolmen, the roads, the climate, the possible uses of the zone and the determining factors imposed by the promoters.

 The project philosophy was based on a comprehensive and gentle design line, trying the contrast among the landscaped and care areas with those natural areas made up by tree groups and at the same time trying to imitate the present vegetation where the large mass of trees give us, at certain seasons of year, different textures and chromatic patches. In short, it was the nature imitation, arranging spaces by means of a route of winding ways which accompanied the user to the different areas that form the complex. The leitmotiv of the route was formed by the visiting centre, planned by La Coruña County Council, and the dolmen, in such a way that this line, real vertebral column of the design, was the junction of the secondary paths.

 To recreate a similar image to current scenario, deciduous species were chosen; emphasizing the Quercus, Betula y Castanea types between them.

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