• Master PlanBy the end of the 20th century Añana Salt Valley faced an uncertain future due to the progressive abandon of the saltmaking activity that had started several decades before and to the fragility of the terraced constructions built with stone, wood and clay. Landa-Ochandiano arquitectos organized a multidisciplinary team formed by architects, archaeologists, historians, biologists, geologists, sociologists and software engineers, to perform a Master Plan.Its goal was to achieve the Integral Recovery of the site, including both the physical and the functional recovery of the apparently unsustainable site. Only the drawing of the actual condition and the multidisciplinary diagnosis took 4 years. The Master Plan was finished in 2004. A comprehensive documentation work was carried out, a rigorous analysis and finally a set of multi-layered proposals with the aim to design a sustainable future to the site.  

  •  Architectural preservationAñana Salt Valley is an old and fragile site. Almost completely abandoned at the end of the 20th century, the site suffered fast deterioration and progressive ruin.No information about intervention theory or practice was available as a result of its uniqueness. Thus, it became necessary to develop specific intervention techniques as a result of constant research while procuring information and knowledge from the old saltmakers that still live in Añana.The site has received the Europa Nostra Award 2015 in the Conservation category and the Grand Prix du Jury. 

  •  A millenary saltwork brought to lifeFragility is one of the main features of Añana Salt Valley, and conditions its preservation. Recovering the saltmaking activity is the only way to guarantee a sustainable future to the site.Saltmaking involves the yearly maintenance of the terraces and the wooden frames as it has been done for centuries by the saltmakers.To believe in the quality of salt produced in this singular landscape enabled us to shape a sustainable future for the Salt Valley, where the saltmaking will become the real economic engine, complemented by a large set of cultural and social activities aimed to open the site to the society. 

  •  Añana Salt Valley Foundation The Master Plan for the integral recovery of Añana Salt Valley proposed the creation of a management tool, whose goal would be to secure a sustainable future for the site, a Foundation that would bear the responsibility of carrying out the recovery of the monument keeping to the criteria stated in the Master Plan.Landa Ochandiano arquitectos actively participated in the creation of the Foundation that came to light in 2009. Mikel Landa became its first General Manager, taking on that responsibility until 2012. During that period of time the recovery of the terraces and brine supply system kept going on with scrupulous respect to authenticity.