Luz Del Tajo, “light of the river Tajo,” is a three-level development on the outskirts of Toledo, Spain. Its shops, restaurants, and cinema – with parking for 2,300 cars – are set into an existing hill. With forms and surfaces inspired by Toledo’s many gardens and surrounding hills and valleys, the project utilizes traditional local building materials such as stone and brick, with highlights in wood and ceramic tile, giving the center a sense of permanence. Architectural features are articulated with color, transparent glass, and artisan-quality forged iron. The sloping metal roofs provide enclosure and sun protection, refining and lightening large terraced areas, and creating an undulating horizontal façade that recalls the surrounding landscape. From the terraces are dramatic views to the valley beyond as well as views back toward the Alcazar of the old city.