Interpretation Space of the Alcazar Wall of Arjona by Mensulae|Architecture & Heritage

Reinterpretation of historic space though new materials and traditional constructive methods

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▼项目入口和整体外观,entrance of the project and the overall external view ©J. Escudero

The proposal involved the consolidation and conservation of the different defensive elements, as well as the creation of a space for the interpretation of the wall of the Alcázar of Arjona, which would help to raise awareness, enhance the value and publicize this defensive complex. This is a public space for tourist and cultural use made up of various areas that coincide with the original starts, dispositions and heights of the remains of the various known wall structures: the moat space, an accessible area where the museum materials are located for the interpretation of the medieval remains; the liza space, which maintains the dimensions and separation between the original remains that helps the spatial interpretation of the defensive structures; the podium space and the interior of the tower with a staircase access which, together with the upper volume of the tower, receives a new constructive formalisation.

▼项目鸟瞰,aerial view of the project ©J. Escudero

▼项目沿街立面,facade along the street ©J. Escudero

▼公共空间,public space ©J. Escudero

▼通往上层体量的楼梯,staircase connecting to the upper volume ©J. Escudero

▼讲述城墙历史的模型,model explaining the history of the wall ©J. Escudero


axonometric, analysis of the constructive method ©Mensulae | Architecture & Heritage

The historical-archaeological work obtained certain data on the original constructive configuration of the tower that made it possible to establish a constructive criterion for the formalisation of the new volume of the tower to be reintegrated. This second volume was built up to the height necessary for the rebalancing of thrusts by a lime concrete gravity wall using the traditional “tapial” technique, with wooden formwork. Thus implementing a new discourse with the use of materiality as a differentiating element of the different stages of the monument. The intervention was based on the criterion of preserving the authenticity and integrity of the monument; therefore, the construction techniques and new materials respect the basic parts of the monument, the balance of the composition, its chromatism, texture and its relationship with its surroundings. These are traditional construction procedures, similar to the originals, which ensure compatibility and integration with the pre-existing elements.

new volume constructed in lime concrete, being harmony with the original wall ©J. Escudero

▼墙体细部,内置木材框架,details of the wall using wooden frames ©J. Escudero

▼项目所在位置分析,location of the project ©Mensulae | Architecture & Heritage

▼细部图纸,detail drawings ©Mensulae | Architecture & Heritage


Company name: Mensulae | Architecture & Heritage
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Location: 22, Calle del Sol, Arjona, Spain
Completion Year: 2019
Other participants: Architect In Charge: Sebastián M. Rueda Godino
Design Team: Mensulae | Architecture & Heritage
Client: Excmo. Arjona City Council /
Constructor: Construcciones Gallardo Barrera SL /

Jesús R. Rubia Risquez, Architect
Juan C. Castillo Armenteros, Archaeologist
Rafael Pérez Moreno, Restorer
Antonio Salas Sola, Art Historian
Lorenzo Sánchez Martinez, Technical Arch.
Photo credits: J. Escudero

CTS ESPAÑA: restoration products /
FYM: concrete /
GECOL: lime /

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