Álvaro Siza-designed Alhambra gate project halted

Plans to build a new gate at the Alhambra in Granada, Spain, have been scrapped.

The Regional Government of Andalucía has decided not to move forward with plans to build “Puerta Nueva,” the project for a new entrance to the UNESCO World Heritage Site, which is regarded as Europe’s finest example of Islamic design.

The new gate was created by Álvaro Siza and Juan Domingo Santos, who won an international competition held in 2010.

Alhambra project proposal by Álvaro Siza.

But according to the newspaper El País, the decision follows a report which rejects its construction and suggests it would have a “negative impact on the exceptional universal value of this monument.”

The 1992 Pritzker Prize winner’s project sparked a long-running dispute between the Monument Patronage, the Mayor’s Office of Granada and cultural institutions of Andalusia for the high concentration of commercial services that would be included in the project.

But the architects disagreed.

“How is it possible to argue that the project is not integrated and is invasive in the landscape when the jury noted that one of its main virtues was its integration in a place so sensitive and intervened since the twentieth century?” said Siza and Santos, according to El País.