The Tanning Factory in Ribera de San Lorenzo
Where the River Sarela flows through Santiago de Compostela was an ideal place for the implementation of industrial installations that created a wealthy site where rural, urban and industrial structures all sprang up. They were supported by the varied topography, drawing out pathways, canals, bridges and walkways by the river, linking mills and factories and making up an area with an enormous landscape, environmental, architectural, cultural and historical value.
Where the old Roman road to Finisterre meets the river, by the "Lower Sarela Bridge", lay the walled structure of the old Tanning Factory of "La Ribera de San Lourenzo", hidden by vegetation. When it was built in 1790 it was a determining factor in the highly suggestive configuration of the area.
This gave rise to the challenge of finding the right focus for enhancing the abandoned remains of the old industrial site, endowing it with the right use to contribute to the preservation of the riverbed and thereby propitiating its regeneration.
In this regard, bearing in mind the characteristics of the old factory, a proposal was put forward to make the most of the testimonial value of the ruins as an example of a structure typical of this kind of industry, and as a complement to this cultural use, to restore the existing old bodies and add new ones to complete a hotel, supporting and promoting the "museum" facility.› Ver artículo completo