With this recognition the CTAA (Alicante Architects Association) aims to convey to society and its representatives the importance of the Hotel Don Pancho as a heritage site and to value it as part of our twentieth century culture, to achieve its heritage protection and conservation.
With this, the Hotel Don Pancho becomes the first building in Benidorm to receive the DOCOMOMO distinction.
During the architecture week in October 2021, the Don Pancho hotel in Benidorm will receive the recognition by the CTAA of the DOCOMOMO 2021 award.
The Hotel Don Pancho, which opened its doors in 1972, has been a benchmark in the tourism sector on the Costa Blanca for almost five decades.
During this time it has undergone important changes inside and out, always preserving its essence and Aztec aesthetics.
Much of the effort of its renovations has been aimed at integrating its history and experience with new infrastructure, materials and designs to improve customer service.
Along with the HOTEL DON PANCHO in BENIDORM (1969-1971 Juan Antonio García Solera), the following buildings have been selected in the Valencian Community with this recognition:
- Felis de Burriana Building (1935-1936, Enrique Pecourt Betés)
- San José Professional Schools of Valencia (1961-1968, Cayetano Borso di Carminat González and Rafael Contel Comenge)
- Hermanos Lladró de Tabernes Blanques Building (1965-1966, Rafael Tamarit Pitarch and Enrique Hervás Lorente)
The placement of this award plaques is a call for attention to the heritage of the 20th century, a heritage whose fragility requires special attention. Indeed, the new modern buildings that began to be built after 1925 in Spain and Portugal not only experimented with new programs and forms, but also with new materials and technologies, little tested until then. Their updating and adaptation to current regulations have sometimes resulted in a reduction of the heritage values of these buildings. On the other hand, because it is an extensive and very recent heritage, it is little valued by society and the administrations responsible for its protection.
DOCOMOMO stands for Documentation and Conservation of Building, Sites and Neighbourhoods of the Modern Movement and corresponds to the international organization created in 1990, with the aim of inventorying, disseminating and protecting the architectural heritage of the Modern Movement. The Iberian DOCOMOMO Foundation, based in Barcelona, has been coordinating since 1994 the achievement of these general objectives applied to Spain and Portugal. Almost all the Colleges of Architects participate in this entity, as well as Schools of Architecture and entities dedicated to the dissemination of Architecture in both countries.
From Hotel Don Pancho, we are very proud to receive this award! Thank you very much to the CTAA for choosing us.