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07/04/2015

Izaskun Chinchilla, Castle Rehabilitation in Garcimuñoz (Cuenca)

 
In 2003 the Ministry of Development launched an architectural competition to restore the fortress that lends its name to Castillo de Garcimuñoz, a small town in the province of Cuenca, located near the A-3 highway. The many alterations carried out over a Muslim fortress since the 10th century, when the villa was established, transformed the castle into residence, fortified town and cemetery. The winning project, drawn up by Izaskun Chinchilla, is conceived as an insertion of autonomous parts that have a triple objective: to consolidate the existing building and prevent its further decay; to make some spaces of the old structures accessible; and to introduce new cultural uses. Foreseeing a greater influx of visitors during holiday periods, the usable floor area is almost 2,000 square meters, including the ruins located under the parade ground. However, only 250 square meters are heated, sufficient to attend the neighbors’ needs during the winter while significantly reducing the yearly maintenance costs.

The project restores the original rooms and incorporates new cultural and leisure uses. The intervention affects the entrance, the courtyard and the two towers to the north; the church, south of the complex is not included in the refurbishment. In order to insert the museum program, the project defines a ring-shaped linear path through the main rooms of the original castle. The path also brings together the new uses proposed. The prism gives access to different levels, and houses the video and music library, in addition to supporting the projection screen; its position prevents having to conceal the castle’s interior facades. 
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