Castelo de Castelo Novo, Portugal – Luís Miguel Correia

Castelo de Castelo Novo, Portugal Building, Fundão Design, Image

Castelo de Castelo Novo Portugal : Fundão Building

Portuguese Architecture Development – design by Luís Miguel Correia & Nelson Mota

27 Aug 2009

Castelo de Castelo Novo

Castle in Fundão, Portugal

Design: Luís Miguel Correia & Nelson Mota

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The project’s brief requested the conservation and valorization of Castelo Novo’s Castle and surroundings. Moreover, it suggested also the creation of a space where people and visitors could enjoy it as a place of permanence. To answer these demands, the design solution created a “body” without a rigid boundary, organic, working independently of the existing structures but using them as a support. The construction was designed as a continuous abstract object, non-identifiable with a unique and specific purpose.

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The object changes with the characteristics of the site. While in the church’s square it acts as a volume defining the limits, in the interior of the Castle’s walls, its shape is transformed into a pavement layer with ramps and stairs creating a pedestrian pathway which is suspended from the ground by metallic structure. This solution allows the visitors to admire the archeological findings without damaging them. The pathway finishes in the castle’s Main Tower where a “steel box” was inserted in its interior containing a multimedia room.

This box allows also the creation of a platform where visitors can enjoy a panoramic view of the landscape. All the construction was made using lightweight metal structures which can allow a clear distinction of the new object from the existing structures and, at the same time, the reversibility of the operation.

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Castelo de Castelo Novo – Building Information

Location: Castelo Novo, Fundão
Client: Câmara Municipal do Fundão
Architecture: Luís Miguel Correia, Nelson Mota, Vanda Maldonado e Susana Constantino
Date: 2002-08
Engineering: Direcção-Geral dos Edifícios e Monumentos Nacionais (DGEMN)
Building Contractor: Empreitada Geral: STAP – Reparação, Consolidação e Modificação de Estruturas, S.A.
Arranjos Exteriores: Serrasqueiro e Filhos, lda
Photographs: Authors / FG+SG – Fotografia de Arquitectura (except CGI + plans)

Castelo de Castelo Novo images / information from Luís Miguel Correia & Nelson Mota


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