Castelo Novo Castle / COMOCO

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Architects: COMOCO
Location: Castelo Novo, Fundão,
Client: Fundão Municipality
Engineering: Direcção-Geral dos Edifícios e Monumentos Nacionais (DGEMN)
Site Area: 3,650 sqm
Completion: 2008
Photographs: FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra

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.

site plan

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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Cite: "Castelo Novo Castle / COMOCO" 01 May 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 17 Apr 2014. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=230727>

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    What kind of material was used on the exterior (the brown/redish one?Is it rusted metal?

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    Brilliant! The perfect example of how extraordinary cultural heritage interventiont brings life to a city.

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    Brilliant! The perfect example of how extraordinary cultural heritage intervention brings life to a city.

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