Castelo Novo Castle / COMOCO

Castelo Novo Castle / COMOCO

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  • Architects: COMOCO
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  3650
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2008

Text description provided by the architects. 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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© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

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.

Castelo Novo Castle / COMOCO - Facade
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

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.

Castelo Novo Castle / COMOCO - Facade
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

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Address:Castelo Novo, Fundão, Portugal

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Cite: "Castelo Novo Castle / COMOCO" 01 May 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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