Matrera Castle Intervention Heritage by Carlos Quevedo Rojas (Carquero Arquit.)

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
Matrera Castle

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Intervention Heritage

INSPIRATION:
The essence of the project is not intended to be, therefore, an image of the future, but rather a reflection of its own past, its own origin. With brandian reference, this project aims to look at a unifying potential restoration, without undertaking the task of building a false historical monument or cancellling every trace of the passage of time. It tries to approach the work in recognition of the monumentum or memory in its physical consistency and its dual polarity, aesthetic and historical, in order to transmit those two aspects to the future.

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
With compatibility and authenticity criteria, the intervention looks at structurally consolidating the elements that were at risk, to differentiate the additions from the original structure, avoiding mimetic reconstructions that our law prohibits, and recovering the volume and tonality that the tower originally had as a landscape icon.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
This medieval tower has always been a historical landmark due to its strategic position in the latest Nazari border, where the Guadalete Valley meets the Betica mountain range. However, it had partially collapsed in 2013, losing part of its imposing volume and putting at risk not only the architectural stability of the rest of the tower, but also its role as a landscape landmark, linked to the iconography and culture of the region. Therefore, our project was to consolidate such a landscape icon.

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
Location: Villamartín, Cádiz, Spain. Dates: 2011-15

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
All that previous historical, constructive, functional, structural and pathological analyses, as well as the archaeological supervision that has taken place have been important to define the details of the project. New discoveries have appeared during the works that have served to recover part of the interesting history of this monument of cultural interest. The very limestone that had collapsed was re-used for the buttresses that guarantee its stability and for the reinforcements/protections of the internal degraded cores that had lost their exterior stonework. The top was executed in order to consolidate the slender wall that remained after the collapse and that was running a serious risk of overturning. In its exterior face, the flesh was removed and the original white covering was retained in its interior face as well as an interesting fresco painting of a boat in ochre tonality. All the edges were also rethought from the details of geometric existing geometrical elements, in order to mark its original volume.

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
In parallel to the practical intervention of movable heritage, its historical value has also been enhanced, facing its original volume using a continuous coating of mortar of lime similar to the one which originally covered it, which clogs the gap and allows reading of the architecturally recessed unit. Likewise the upper casing defines its construction phases enhancing the original battlements shots that were hidden behind their stratigraphic superposition.

TAGS:
Architecture, consolidation, heritage, restoration, landscape, monument, castle, tower

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
This medieval tower has always been a historical landmark due to its strategic position in the latest Nazari border, where the Guadalete Valley meets the Betica mountain range. However, it had partially collapsed in 2013, losing part of its imposing volume and putting at risk not only the architectural stability of the rest of the tower, but also its role as a landscape landmark, linked to the iconography and culture of the region. Therefore, our project was to consolidate such a landscape icon.

CHALLENGE:
These cultural models and emblems of our cities and territories have suffered enormously due to the economic crisis, which has made them fall into decadence because of the lack of economic interest in their maintenance.

ADDED DATE:
2016-04-11 10:12:13

TEAM MEMBERS (6) :
Architect: Carlos Quevedo Rojas , Collaborators: Cristina Pérez Prado, Joaquín Martín Rizo, Promotor: Ubri-Prado S.L., Construction: Arcobeltia Construcciones S.L., Technical: José Antonio Cabeza Pérez and

IMAGE CREDITS:
Mariano Copete Franco
Francisco Chacón Martínez

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CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
Carquero Arquitectura

PROFILE:
Carlos Quevedo Rojas (Cádiz, 1980) graduated from the E.T.S. Arquitectura of Seville, Master´s Degree in Architecture and Historical Heritage (Seville), Specialization in Monuments Restoration from University "La Sapienza" Rome, Master´s Degree "Art History: Investigation and Guardianship of the Heritage" from University of Granada and, currently, International PhD Candidate in Architecture (Universities of Seville and IUAV of Venice). He is professor at the School of Art and Design of Cádiz, has spoken at international conferences and seminars and published in indexed specialized journals. His research works has been awarded like the Urban Planing National Prize “Ricardo Santos Díez”. He has realized several doctoral stays and has won some fellowships. His works and projects try to delve the conceptual principles of the architecture and the intervention in the heritage and they have been published in international magazines and received several awards and distinctions: International Award Architizer A+ (USA, winner), International American Architecture Prize (USA, golden medal), Architecture Award “Torres Clavé” (Spain, winner), European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award (EU, nominee), International Landscape Award “Rosa Barba” and Bienal (Spain, selected), International Prize of Architecture and Nature “Simonetta Bastelli” (Italy, selected), Prize Arquia/Próxima of Young Architects (Spain, catalogued) , and chosen for the young architects program FACtual of the Fundación Arquitectura Contemporánea (Spain).

NOMINATION DETAILS

Matrera Castle Intervention Heritage by Carlos Quevedo Rojas (carquero Arquit.) is a Nominee in Cultural Heritage and Culture Industry Design Category.

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AWARD DETAILS

Matrera Castle Intervention Heritage by Carlos Quevedo Rojas (carquero Arquit.) is Winner in Cultural Heritage and Culture Industry Design Category, 2016 - 2017.



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