The Water Museum is a project committed to the cultural tradition of Lanjaron and the architectural and landscape heritage of the municipality.
The exhibition tour extends through four rooms with audiovisual content of different themes: “The water route”, “Water resources” and “The memories of water”. The intervention has been developed in order to recover a very unstructured environment, but with significant historical constructions linked to water and with the intention of maintaining the landscape in this natural environment.
The Water Museum is a project of the architect Juan Domingo Santos, for which he has received several awards. The most recent is the Award of Recognition in the category of Architecture in the XI Spanish Biennial of Architecture and Urbanism held in the Cantabrian town of Comillas.
The recovery of an old slaughterhouse in Lanjarón, has been an occasion to pay tribute to water as an element of tourist interest in this area full of thermal locations. Juan Domingo Santos has adapted the industrial architecture to the expositive demands, but without suppressing the value of testimony that the original work conserves in its materials.
The museum has four rooms:
· An outside room: A colossal wooden pavilion that measures 9 meters high. Its architect and creator, Juan Domingo Santos, was inspired by the wooden structure that in the 18th century covered the spring of the Capuchina, the first spring of water in Lanjarón.
· Room 1 “The route of the water” (audiovisual show): Water as a natural resource for shaping the landscape of the Sierra Nevada, showing the route of the water since it precipitates in the form of snow on the high peaks until it emerges in the springs of Lanjarón.
· Room 2 “Water resources” (audiovisual room): Water and agriculture showing the traditional irrigation systems of the Alpujarra. Water and health in wellness tourism, showing the Spa of Lanjarón, being one of the most visited in Andalusia. Water and industry, showing the tradition of flour mills around the Lanjarón River and especially the Lanjarón water bottling plant, one of the most technologically advanced in Europe.
· Room 3 “The memories of the water” (Exhibition Hall):The history of Lanjarón linked to water with special emphasis on the tourist development of Lanjarón as Thermal Villa.
The museum's facilities thus become the access to the natural park and at the beginning of an itinerary next to the Lanjarón river. The exhibition tour extends through four rooms with audiovisual content of different themes: Water travel, Water resources and Water memories. A fourth room located in the exterior patio built entirely of wood prepares the visitor for this unprecedented trip by the sensations and the history of the water of Lanjarón.
The project of the museum began with the search for a place where the presence of water in natural conditions would be favored. The chosen space is located in the access to the Sierra Nevada Natural Park, next to the Lanjarón River and an irrigation ditch that borders some old buildings used as a municipal slaughterhouse. The intention of locating the museum in this space was to preserve the environment by creating an itinerary that linked the new activity with water infrastructures and some nearby architectures such as mills and an old public laundry.
The museum aims to value and show the relationship between the people and the water. With a strong interactive component, the museum presents numerous audiovisual images with the history of Lanjarón, always linked to water. To say Lanjarón is to speak of a place and a landscape that has been modeled by water.