Catalonia. A minimal intervention reactivating the remains of a castle

The project by Carles Enrich features a subtle and delicate approach that enables the town of Jorba to reappropriate its heritage.

Jorba's castle recovery, Carles Enrich, Jorba, Catalonia, Spain, 2018

Carles Enrich’s project is part of the new masterplan of the city of Jorba; as a focal point in this general intervention, it aims to bring the castle’s origin to the attention of the citizens and visitors of the town. The new topography is generated by the will of facilitating the access to the watchtower through the use of materials deriving from the archaeological excavations. Since the top of the hill was difficult to access the works have been carried out manually.

The project consists of an ascending step of 12 meters made of wooden steps and divided in five sections, following the traces that defined the castle’s morphology: the first two sections are drawn after the existing old route, the middle section directly faces the north elevation of the castle. The last sections allow for a view of the village and the old royal road, jointly with a direct contact with the archaeological material of the castle, listed as historical monument.

Recovery of the access to Jorba’s castle
Jorba, Catalonia, Spain
regeneration project
Carles Enrich, Arquitectura + Urbanisme
Anna De Castro
Pendís Bagà SL
Technical supervision:
Servei de Patrimoni Arquitectònic Local, Diputació de Barcelona
Servei de Patrimoni Arquitectònic Local (Diputació de Barcelona) and Ayuntamiento de Jorba

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