Some holiday snaps? More like some thoughts on urban form in a different country.
Puerto de la Cruz (Formerly Puerto de la Orotava), is an old shipping/fishing harbor that became a tourist destination, largely post-war. By way of introduction here are some typical building styles.
A vernacular house (with some modern additions, not least the spiffy paint job).
A typical Belle Époque building in the town center (there are a couple dozen of these left).
NOW, ABOUT THAT URBAN FORM.
From Punta Arena beach you can look East-North-East and see this:
"Corbu sur Mer", or: Bulgarian slabs to house the masses of sun-seekers. These sorts of buildings went up from the 1950s up to the early 1990s. Were it not for the pitch-black volcanic rock sand, you could be anywhere. There is a sense of busyness but not of complexity. The buildings are plopped down like pods from outer space.
Looking West-South-West (i.e. 180 degree opposite) the view is very different. Here we have a local construct. This is purely local in character but tourists are beginning to buy/rent here. They wouldn’t have dreamed of it 10-20 years ago.
The key aspects that captivate me here are 1. The organicity and complexity of the urban form
and 2. The Barnacle-like nature of the buildings, clustered on a rock, bashed by the waves but presumably ok with it.
Certainly, this is not faux nautical, it’s the real thing, warts and all
It’s interesting how complexity (almost fractality) can produce such an organic feel given that the micro-geometry is all orthogonal.