Matrera Castle / Carquero Arquitectura

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Matrera Castle / Carquero Arquitectura
© Carlos Quevedo Rojas

After the partial collapse that this medieval tower suffered, being a historical landmark for its strategic position in the latest “Nazari” border through the Valley of Guadalete, where it´s cut with Bética range, we project the consolidation of this landscape icon that lost part of its imposing volume, leaving at risk the stability of the rest popup, removing with it not only part from the architectural element, but also the landscape reference of a landmark very linked with the iconography and culture of the region. Being cultural modals and emblems of our own cities and territories, the crisis has been that they succumb in the abandon for their own economic disinterest that carries their maintenance.

Matrera Castle / Carquero Arquitectura
© Carlos Quevedo Rojas

Matrera Castle / Carquero Arquitectura
© Carlos Quevedo Rojas

For the buttresses that guarantee its stability and for the reinforcements/protections of the internal degraded cores that had lost their exterior stonework, the same limestone was re-used which had collapsed. The top was executed in order to consolidate the slender wall that remained after the collapse and that was traversing a serious risk of overturn. In its exterior face, the flesh was removed and in that the original white covering was retained in its interior face as well as an interesting fresco painting of a boat in tonality ochre. All the edges have been rethought from the details of geometric existing elements to mark its original volume.

Matrera Castle / Carquero Arquitectura
© Francisco Chacón Martínez

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 (some little surfaces still remain). 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.

Matrera Castle / Carquero Arquitectura
© Francisco Chacón Martínez

In parallel with the practice in intervention of movable heritage, its historical value is enhanced, facing its original volume using a continuous coating (lime mortar) similar to that which originally covered it, which clogs the gap and allows reading of the architecturally recessed unit. Likewise the upper casing defines its construction phases enhancing the original battlements shots that were hidden behind their stratigraphic superposition.

Matrera Castle / Carquero Arquitectura
© Carlos Quevedo Rojas

With brandian reference, this project aims to look at the potential restoration of unity without undertaking a historic monument false or cancel every trace of the passage in time. It tries to approach the work in recognition of the “monumentum” (memory) in its physical consistency and its dual polarity, aesthetic and historical, in order to transmit to the future.

Project Details:

Location:Villamartín (Cádiz), Spain
Surface/Volume: 136,00 m2 / 2.176,00 m3
Architects: Carlos Quevedo Rojas
Collaborators: Cristina Pérez Prado, Joaquín Martín Rizo
Photographs: Mariano Copete Franco, Francisco Chacón Martínez