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Ribadavia Castle Remains, Spain

Miguel Angel Calvo Salve

Since 1999 we have been working on a lengthy process of study, research, consolidation and retrieval of the remains of Ribadavia Castle. The remains are extremely fragile due to their abandonment and the neglect of local government in the past. Introduction of singular elements in brass - stairs, doors and exhibition elements.

We feel that maintaining, transforming or reusing this historic building requires at least that we introduce ourselves to its physical and emotional realities, in its present state and throughout its history. Through very careful observation and systematic documentation, intensive research of historical sources, technical analysis, study of pathologies, identification of traces and memories, and finally a reflexive intuition, we have established a methodology in the "Master Plan" for this castle that will substantiate the basis for future interventions in the monument, thus creating the possibility of transformation and reuse.

Ribadavia Castle is sited within the historic area of the village and was built incorporating the old wall and supported by a series of circular and square towers on a large rock outcrop. There is no documentation of the earliest human settlement or, apart from the fact that a necropolis and a temple existed in the upper part of the town, where the castle now stands. The necropolis was discovered in 1951 within the space inside the castle.

A part of the intervention was to design the entrances to the ruins of the Castle. It was decided to make various elements in brass and bronze, similar to a jewel. 

The choice of brass as material that age with time gives it a patina as rock and stone walls. It was determinate in use these elements, taking into account their strength and malleability.

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Building

Owner: 
Council of Ribadavio
Completion date: 
2010
Country: 
Spain
City: 
Ourense

Categories

Applications: 
Balustrades
Front doors
Type of building: 
National monuments
Copper used: 
Bronze
Estate: 
Upgrade

Architect

Name, office: 
Miguel Angel Calvo Salve
Address & description: 
 Plaza Portugal 615011 A CoruñaSPAIN

Awards

Season: 
2011

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