Desert City, Spain by Garciagerman Arquitectos

modern oasis in desert

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Desert City is a celebration of xerophytic plants and the production of a whole culture of interests and events around them. The project proposes an educational, sustainable and ecological complex in which to overlap activities that range from the exhibiting, growing and breeding of cactus from all over the world in a large garden and greenhouse, to housing an array of leisure activities such as presentations, small conventions, workshops or exhibitions. The large building contains, besides the greenhouse and exhibition/sales space, restaurant, shop, storage, and office areas. These activities are sheltered by a big lightweight container that responds, in terms of scale and materiality, to the near presence of the A-1 Highway. A “billboard-building”, parallel to the road, organized internally by a sequence of symmetries organized around a cloister-like cactus garden, which receives newcomers, and the greenhouse space, covered by a cable roof designed according to the logic of tensegrity structures.

▼沙漠之城是一场关于旱生植物的庆典,desert City is a celebration of xerophytic plants  ©Image courtesy Imagen Subliminal (Miguel de Guzmán + Rocío Romero)



▼着色玻璃幕墙中映出植物的倒影,greenery casting shadow on the tinted glass facade  ©Image courtesy Imagen Subliminal (Miguel de Guzmán + Rocío Romero)


Despite its hybrid program, the complex’s construction is systematized through repetition, modulation and prefabrication of elements, resulting in a huge abstract stretched out skeleton that communicates its intense inner workings and the veiled presence of greenery as seen from the passing car through a tinted, watery glass facade. Construction incorporates sustainable solutions such as transparent photovoltaic glass, geothermal power, water recovery systems, solar controls, and extensive plantings in the site, originally a wasteland.

The overlapping of apparently excluding situations (commercial exploitation of leisure events vs. exemplary “green” business; building as sole infrastructure vs. atmospheric and “soft” finishes; size vs. fragility; oasis by the highway,…), results in a proactive and ingenious initiative suited for times of opportunity.

▼温室内展览着来自世界各地的仙人掌,cactus from all over the world exhibiting in the greenhouse ©Image courtesy Imagen Subliminal (Miguel de Guzmán + Rocío Romero)

▼温室屋顶由预应力索网屋顶支撑,desert City is a celebration of xerophytic plants  ©Image courtesy Imagen Subliminal (Miguel de Guzmán + Rocío Romero)

▼黄昏时分,这里被镀上了一层金色,似乎具有某种魔力,at dusk, the world is painted in gold, seeming to have magic ©Image courtesy Imagen Subliminal (Miguel de Guzmán + Rocío Romero)

▼夜景,night view ©Image courtesy Imagen Subliminal (Miguel de Guzmán + Rocío Romero)

Proyecto: Desert City. Vivero de especies xerófitas y usos asociados.
Programa: Vivero-jardín de especies xerofitas + invernadero de especies xerofitas + programa I+D + programa usos asociados
Arquitecto: GARCIAGERMAN ARQUITECTOS / Jacobo García-Germán (
Equipo Arquitectura: Jacobo García-Germán, Miguel López, Raquel Díaz de la Campa, Marta García Laura Carrero, Martha Sosa Dias, Lidia de Lucas, Marta Roldán, Andrea Gutierrez, Victoria Álvarez, Margot Roset, Paula Lizcano, Alba Gil, Celia Sánchez
Empresa constructora: Isolux Corsán
Fabricación digital mobiliario:109 FabLab
Fotografía y Vídeos: Imagen Subliminal (Miguel de Guzmán + Rocío Romero) Comunicación: Pati Nuñez Agency (

English text: Garciagerman Arquitectos
Chinese text: gooood editor Yi Ting

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