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Castelo Novo Castle / COMOCO

  • Architects: COMOCO
  • Location: Castelo Novo, Fundão, Portugal
  • Architect In Charge: COMOCO
  • Engineering: Direcção-Geral dos Edifícios e Monumentos Nacionais (DGEMN)
  • Client: Fundão Municipality
  • Area: 3650.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2008
  • Photographs: FG+SG - Fernando Guerra y Sergio Guerra

© FG+SG - Fernando Guerra y Sergio Guerra © FG+SG - Fernando Guerra y Sergio Guerra © FG+SG - Fernando Guerra y Sergio Guerra © FG+SG - Fernando Guerra y Sergio Guerra

From the architect. 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.

© FG+SG - Fernando Guerra y Sergio Guerra
© FG+SG - Fernando Guerra y Sergio Guerra

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.

© FG+SG - Fernando Guerra y Sergio Guerra
© FG+SG - Fernando Guerra y Sergio Guerra

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.

© FG+SG - Fernando Guerra y Sergio Guerra
© FG+SG - Fernando Guerra y Sergio Guerra
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