Labyrinthine space

Maybe due to the essence of the areas of excavated stone a place where, according to some legends, the myth of Crete was born or to the shape of the quarries where the stone was extracted by hand, which is like a labyrinth indeed, the visitor to S´Hostal quarries has the impression of entering a real labyrinth; this can be experienced as a relaxed walk around gardens or a genuine initiation journey whose Ariadne´s thread is the language of the stone , whose verbs are declined in many different ways: carved, scraped, scratched, with holes, erect.... This labyrinth-shaped space governs and pervades the work of Líthica at S´Hostal, where all the different work in the stone and the gardens has been undertaken with the aim of incorporating and highlighting this unique essence and shape of the quarries.

The Great labyrinth project

The Great labyrinth project consists of four labyrinths, each of them with a different essence, partially developed, almost utopic, which is on hold right now but will be developed at some point in the future..

  • Labyrinth of the orchards. In the old quarries, the web of sunken spots that are populated by a blend vegetation which has propagated naturally and gardens landscaped by Líthica, shapes this labyrinthine space of rock and plants. (Under development)
  • Labyrinth of the Totem. At the foot of the stone giant, at the bottom of the cubic area resulting from mechanical extraction, the ridged geometry of the paths made with piled stones leads the visitor to the centre of the labyrinth. (Model made on-site)
  • Labyrinth of the Minotaur. An underground labyrinth of tunnels, chambers and inner patios connects opposite and complementary worlds at S´Hostal: the organic and fertile old quarry and the dry geometry of the modern quarry. (Project)
  • Labyrinth of the terraces In the upper area of the quarries, a labyrinth of side paths leads to the terrace viewpoints over the quarries (under development)
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