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New Albergue in Zegama

ginniek

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I was reading this week's Dezeen Newsletter (about architecture and interior design). This is on the Tunnel Route between Irun and Santo Domingo de la Calzada. It was purpose-built by the municipality, and the article does not mention any of the usual important things about albergues, such as snoring, clothes-washing, adequate hot water for showers, but it does tell you about building materials.

 
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ginniek,

Those photos of the new building look great and the surrounding landscape is splendid.
Zegama is found in Etapa 4 in the Gronze Camino Vasco del Interior. However the new building as such is not cited (yet ?) in their guide.
 
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ginniek

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ginniek,

Those photos of the new building look great and the surrounding landscape is splendid.
Zegama is found in Etapa 4 in the Gronze Camino Vasco del Interior. However the new building as such is not cited (yet ?) in their guide.
The albergue may not be open yet. Often design reviews are done before the building is occupied or in use, which means you cannot see how it works in real life.
 

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Thank you Municipal Council of Zegama. I was very grateful for the old porta-cabin arrangement but it was somewhat 'bemusing'.
I do hope that the criteria below allowed you to situate this architectural wonder fairly close to the camino!
There's no kitchen so if you walk there to secure your bed, you then have to go back into town again if you want a proper meal etc (as there's obviously no kitchen - no municipality would build one these days).
The brief from the town's municipal administration laid out two specific criteria that the hostel building needed to fulfil.
The building had to be Passivhaus certified as a guarantee of the city council's commitment to sustainability and the quality of municipal investments," said the architects.
"Also, the hostel was to be located on a plot of land next to the local Wood Museum, so it had to be built with locally sourced radiata pine wood."
 

ginniek

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Thank you Municipal Council of Zegama. I was very grateful for the old porta-cabin arrangement but it was somewhat 'bemusing'.
I do hope that the criteria below allowed you to situate this architectural wonder fairly close to the camino!
There's no kitchen so if you walk there to secure your bed, you then have to go back into town again if you want a proper meal etc (as there's obviously no kitchen - no municipality would build one these days).
The brief from the town's municipal administration laid out two specific criteria that the hostel building needed to fulfil.
The building had to be Passivhaus certified as a guarantee of the city council's commitment to sustainability and the quality of municipal investments," said the architects.
"Also, the hostel was to be located on a plot of land next to the local Wood Museum, so it had to be built with locally sourced radiata pine wood."
The floor plan, which follows the article, shows a kitchen (cocina) on the ground floor. It doesn't look very large, but it is probably adequate for 6 people.
 
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So I looked at the photo set...do they know that chipboard is extremely snag-y? And that if one splashes water on it, the stuff expands and loses strength? (I once had a laminate kitchen counter based on a chipboard base, water crept in at the corners and the expansion pushed the layers of laminate apart.) The storage shelves in the dorms being made of un-covered chipboard--no laminate as one sees in prefab shelf kits--I shudder to think of what would happen to them on a rainy day when pilgrims come in, drenched, and have to put their things down.

I was interested to see what appears to be a front loading washer in the kitchen next to the sink. Also that there appear to be some kind of inaccessible storage cupboards in the upper part of the wall at the one story end of the building. Water heater closets? They are basically above the two (full, not half) restrooms.

edited to add: full restrooms have either a tub or a shower, half don't.
 

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The floor plan, which follows the article, shows a kitchen (cocina) on the ground floor. It doesn't look very large, but it is probably adequate for 6 people.
ginniek - it depends what you mean by a kitchen. This one comprises a sink, some cupboards, a microwave and a fixed table with two chairs. So indeed, it can be differentiated as such from a bathroom, a hall space or a dormitory. But it's not going to be the place where pilgrims sit around a bid old table and share out a steaming pot of pasta and sauce. Maybe I'm showing my age..
Oh do tell! I thought the only option in Zegama was the pension on top of the somewhat foodie restaurant.
The main issue about the old place was that the top bunks were so high nobody could work out how to get onto them, as there were no ladders. In the end we took the mattresses down and laid them on the floor. The kitchen was well, a kitchen.
Just looking at the pic again reminded me of the amazing location of this little town
 

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None yet; perhaps the Portugese (2021?)
I was interested to see what appears to be a front loading washer in the kitchen next to the sink. Also that there appear to be some kind of inaccessible storage cupboards in the upper part of the wall at the one story end of the building. Water heater closets?
If like most places in Iberia, the hot water heaters are "on-demand" gas heaters, and yes, they are typically stowed in upper-wall cupboards because they have to have outside venting for the exhaust from the gas flame. When we had a new one installed, in small-town Portugal, the gas company was very very picky about how the exhaust was vented from it; measured the components of the exhaust fumes and made the installer fine-tune the installation. Otherwise, I guess it can be a safety hazard from carbon monoxide, or similar.

As for the front-loading washer under the counter next to the sink: also a standard installation. Not many dishwashers in Iberia! The washers are small and very high-efficiency, and spin the clothes really well, so their drainage can tap into the under-the-sink drains. And they're designed to be just the right size to fit under counters.

I wish I could get a washer like this in North America! We have one in Portugal, and it's terrific. (An LG. The same kind exists here, but it's about 60% larger in every dimension. We seem to like to supersize everything.)
 

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I thought the only option in Zegama was the pension on top of the somewhat foodie restauran

The main issue about the old place was that the top bunks were so high
I think Peregrina2000 is referring to the Ostatu Zegama, which has private rooms and no bunks. The only option in October 2019 was the polideportivo. Gronze refers to an albergue that was closed as of 2018, so I guess that is the "old place."

Looking forward to learning when the new place is open and functioning!
 
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