On the territory of one of the most beautiful castles in Europe, located in a tiny municipality within the province of Cuenca, a modern gallery is located, and this is just the beginning of a large-scale project of this reconstruction of a medieval building.
It should be noted that in Spain the proportion of castles whose condition can be assessed as good is less than 25% of the total. The reason for this most often lies in the lack of funds for the maintenance and conservation of such facilities. Until recently, the castle complex in Cuenca also belonged to this sad majority, until the local government decided to restore it and turn it into a cultural and social center.
To carry out this task, it entered into a contract with the Madrid firm Izaskun Chinchilla.
Taking into account the diversity of the historical context of the area (the various ruined parts of the castle are examples of Moorish, medieval and neoclassical architecture), the design team has developed a number of elements that can give new meaning to the scattered structures.
These measures were designed to adapt the complex to its future function. All new structures are temporary and therefore very lightweight and quick to assemble. They are made of galvanized steel and can be disassembled if required.
Installations with colored glass inserts delimit the space and thereby help visitors to imagine the scale of the future transformation.
At the first glance at this absolutely fantastic “forest” one gets the impression that, on the contrary, it distracts attention from the ultimate goal. Ultimately, however, the designers’ intention becomes apparent: the composition maintains a strict separation between the parts of the complex.
What do you think of this approach to the restoration and use of historical sites?
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