kyrre sundal photographs an incomplete work by toyo ito
in his latest project, architectural photographer kyrre sundal captures the neglected ‘la caracola’ structure designed by acclaimed japanese architect toyo ito. the series showcases the project in its current state as well as its relationship with the natural surroundings and humans who use it as a hangout spot and a photoshoot location.
all image courtesy of kyrre sundal
the story of the ‘la caracola’
in the early 2000s , the seaside city of torrevieja in spain wanted to make itself more appealing to tourists. therefore, japanese architect toyo ito (find more here) was commissioned to design a relaxation park to channel the demand for mud baths that are traditionally taken in the salt flats along the lagoon. it was an ambitious building design shaped like a conch (‘la caracola’ in spanish) with five spirals, clad in plywood, resting on a concrete structure.
the building was never completed due to various reasons, one being the financial crisis in 2008. in the years following the crisis the structure was taken over by homeless people, and in 2012 there was a fire that destroyed parts of it. today, the building has become a place for local youths to hang out or use as a photoshoot location. in his personal this series, kyrre sundal (find more here) depicts the building’s current condition as well as the way that humans appropriate it in present time.