Cádiz Castle Restoration: Interesting Interpretation or Harmful to Heritage?

06:00 - 16 March, 2016
Cádiz Castle Restoration: Interesting Interpretation or Harmful to Heritage?, Before and After. Image via Leandro Cabello | Carquero Arquitectura
Before and After. Image via Leandro Cabello | Carquero Arquitectura

In 2011, after the partial collapse of the Matrera Castle in Cádiz, Spain (dating back to the 9th century) the city decided to restore the remaining tower, with the aim of preventing its collapse and protecting the few elements that were still standing. 

The challenge fell into the hands of Spanish architect Carlos Quevedo Rojas, whose design received the approval of the Regional Government of Andalucía, in compliance with the Historical Heritage law 13/2007, which prohibits mimetic reconstructions and requires the use of materials that are distinct from the originals. 

In the words of the architect: “This intervention sought to achieve three basic objectives: to structurally consolidate the elements that were at risk; to differentiate the additions from the original structure (avoiding the mimetic reconstructions that our law prohibits) and to recover the volume, texture and tonality that the tower originally had. 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.”

The polemical restoration has provoked a broad international discussion about heritage restoration, and the Izquierda Unida group has said it will bring the case to the Andalusian Parliament’s Culture committee to see if the restoration was the result expected by the Ministry of Culture. On the other hand, while the building had previously received only sporadic visits, it has now become a new tourist attraction in the area

Why has a restoration based on the anastylosis technique – which exists around the world – caused so much controversy? It is it really a “heritage massacre” as the media has said? Do you think it could have been carried out in a better way?

Join the debate and leave your comments after the break. 

Genoves Park's Lookout and Protection Building / José Luis Bezos Alonso

14:00 - 26 April, 2015
Genoves Park's Lookout and Protection Building / José Luis Bezos Alonso, Courtesy of José Luis Bezos Alonso
Courtesy of José Luis Bezos Alonso

Courtesy of José Luis Bezos Alonso Courtesy of José Luis Bezos Alonso Courtesy of José Luis Bezos Alonso Courtesy of José Luis Bezos Alonso +20

Sotogrande's Sailing School / Héctor Fernández Elorza/HFE Arch + Carlos García Fernández

01:00 - 22 February, 2015
Sotogrande's Sailing School / Héctor Fernández Elorza/HFE Arch + Carlos García Fernández, © Montse Zamorano
© Montse Zamorano

© Montse Zamorano © Montse Zamorano © Montse Zamorano © Montse Zamorano +22

The House of the Infinite / Alberto Campo Baeza

01:00 - 21 July, 2014
The House of the Infinite / Alberto Campo Baeza, © Javier Callejas Sevilla
© Javier Callejas Sevilla

© Javier Callejas Sevilla © Javier Callejas Sevilla © Javier Callejas Sevilla © Javier Callejas Sevilla +31

Mercado Central De Cadiz, Rehabilitación y Ampliación / Carlos de Riaño Lozano

01:00 - 23 January, 2014
Mercado Central De Cadiz, Rehabilitación y Ampliación / Carlos de Riaño Lozano, © Javier Reina Gutierrez
© Javier Reina Gutierrez
  • Architects

  • Location

    Calle Alcalá Galiano, 11001 Cádiz, Spain
  • Collaborators

    Mario Marcos Pinero
  • Technical Architects

    Felipe Martínez
  • Structure

    OTEP INTERNACIONAL
  • Construction

    ISOLUX - CORSAN
  • Area

    6636.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photographs

© Javier Reina Gutierrez © Javier Reina Gutierrez © Javier Reina Gutierrez © Javier Reina Gutierrez +35

Housing in the Historic District of Cadiz / Cano Lasso

01:00 - 2 May, 2013
© Pablo Diaz-Fierros
© Pablo Diaz-Fierros
  • Architects

  • Location

    Cádiz
  • Project Architects

    Diego Cano Pintos, Gonzalo Cano Pintos, Alfonso Cano Pintos
  • Collaborators

    Luis Pancorbo Crespo, Belén Sanz Montoya, Estela Rodríguez Cadenas, Cristina Monjas López, Inés María Martín Robles, Sara Arroyo Conde
  • Area

    1195 sqm
  • Year

    2011
  • Photographs

© Pablo Diaz-Fierros © Pablo Diaz-Fierros © Pablo Diaz-Fierros © Pablo Diaz-Fierros +31

Península of Sancti-Petri Winning Proposal / BAKPAK Architects

01:00 - 25 March, 2013
Península of Sancti-Petri Winning Proposal / BAKPAK Architects, Courtesy of BAKPAK Architects
Courtesy of BAKPAK Architects

With everything today changing and the fishing architecture gone, the village of Sancti Petri owes its importance to the past tuna industry and seafarers. This first prize winning proposal in the competition for the urban and architectural design of the Península of Sancti-Petri aims to give back the original meaning to the peninsula by reinterpreting architectural and spatial values ​​of the past. Designed by BAKPAK Architects, this "new town" is divided into 13 themed compact-use sets, and each of them are made up of modules. More images and architects' description after the break.

House in Cadiz / Alfonso Alzugaray + Carlos Urzainqui

01:00 - 15 September, 2011
House in Cadiz / Alfonso Alzugaray  + Carlos Urzainqui, © Iñaki Bergera
© Iñaki Bergera

© Iñaki Bergera © Iñaki Bergera © Iñaki Bergera © Iñaki Bergera +20

Guerrero house / Alberto Campo Baeza

01:00 - 8 September, 2011
Guerrero house / Alberto Campo Baeza, © Roland Halbe
© Roland Halbe
  • Architects

  • Location

    Cádiz, Spain
  • Architects

    Alberto Campo Baeza
  • Collaborators

    Ignacio Aguirre, Miguel Vela
  • Area

    170.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2005
  • Photographs

© Roland Halbe © Roland Halbe © Roland Halbe © Roland Halbe +20

Prehistorical Interpretation Centre in Cádiz / Estudio Arquitectura Hago

01:00 - 18 May, 2011
Prehistorical Interpretation Centre in Cádiz / Estudio Arquitectura Hago, © Jesús Granada
© Jesús Granada
  • Architects

  • Location

    Cadiz, Spain
  • Architects

    Estudio Arquitectura Hago - Sara Gutiérrez, Javier Monge, Antonio Álvarez-Cienfuegos, Aurora Monge
  • Cost

    1.130.779,20 €
  • Area

    1024.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2009
  • Photographs

© Jesús Granada © Jesús Granada © Jesús Granada © Jesús Granada +25

Víctor de la Serna y Espina Public School / Julio Barreno Gutiérrez

01:00 - 12 November, 2010
Víctor de la Serna y Espina Public School / Julio Barreno Gutiérrez, © Unknown photographer
© Unknown photographer

© Unknown photographer © Unknown photographer © Unknown photographer © Unknown photographer +28

Between Cathedrals / Alberto Campo Baeza

01:00 - 13 April, 2010
Between Cathedrals / Alberto Campo Baeza, © Javier Callejas
© Javier Callejas

© Javier Callejas © Javier Callejas © Javier Callejas © Javier Callejas +21

Canoes Landscape / Julio Barreno

01:00 - 27 January, 2010
Canoes Landscape / Julio Barreno, © Jesús Granada
© Jesús Granada
  • Architects

  • Location

    Cadiz, Spain
  • Technical Architect

    Rocío Román Aguillar
  • Area

    200.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2009
  • Photographs

© Jesús Granada © Jesús Granada © Jesús Granada © Jesús Granada +23