Castle of Castelo Novo

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Luís Miguel Correia, Nelson Mota, Vanda Maldonado e Susana Constantino: Castelo Novo, Fundão, Portugal, 2008. Image credits: Fernando Guerra FG+SG.

Observing the recent work by AllesWirdGut for the roman quarry in the Austrian village of St. Mergareten, another project comes to mind: the intervention in the castle of Castelo Novo, in Portugal, by the architects Luís Miguel Correia, Nelson Mota, Vanda Maldonado and Susana Constantino (COMOCO).
The project is defined by an overlaying accessible structure located within the monumental district, drawing a path from the central square and the tower located on higher ground.
Here we find an architectural piece unrestrained from formal pre-definition, founded in the territory without compromising its integrity; a design that establishes a clear boundary between the ancient ruins and the new supports, needed for the appropriation of the visiting public.
A curious blend between architecture and landscape design, this small-scale project in Castelo Novo is an interesting affirmation of respect for the historical heritage while introducing new tensions and providing a more fulfilling relationship with the existing territory.
Don’t miss the full gallery on Últimas Reportagens, courtesy of Fernando Guerra, and the project details available at COMOCO and Habitar Portugal.




Luís Miguel Correia, Nelson Mota, Vanda Maldonado e Susana Constantino: Castelo Novo, Fundão, Portugal, 2008. Image credits: Fernando Guerra FG+SG.


1 Messages to “Castle of Castelo Novo”

  1. Blogger John 

    And both remind me of the Messner Mountain Museum in Italy by Werner Tscholl.

    Must be a requirement to use weathered steel when designing an intervention in an old castle.

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