Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
Palace of Camarena, Central of the C.O.A.E (Official Association of Architects from Extremadura) in Caceres, Spain by Arquitectos Ayala
May 29th, 2013 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Arquitectos Ayala
The Palace of Marqués of Camarena stands on the grounds of a former fortress house, dating from the XV century. Only part of the tower at one side of the building remains standing.The main front of the palace still keeps its masonry relatively level. It still has the sound and noble air of the old times. The other front looked disordered and it did not seem to belong to the whole.In the inside the most interesting find was the central cloister, very well preserved, although in showed signs of having undergone but few changes.
The essential criterion which has guided the design of the image of the inside has been the idea of preservation. All work in the building has been done preserving all those elements which were previously there. This work shows, as much as possible, its present-day condition and the results of the passage of time. At the same time it has created the greatest possible contrast between the old things and the new ones. Preservation has been the idea which has controlled the final look of the building, the finish and the details in each and every one of the parts of the palace.
Coating, flooring, doors, stairs, etc. have been placed in such a way that all the elements previously existing can still be seen. The original structure has been preserved as much as possible. However, being the purpose of the building a different one from the one traditionally given to a palace, changes have been made wherever it has been considered necessary.
This essential criterion enhances the building and presents the new spaces as if drawn in the air. The contrast between the old elements and the new ones emphasizes the value and antiquity of the building: new stairs, just barely noticeable but for the shine of the stainless-steel ca les and handrails which were never meant to be hidden; new floors separated from the old walls; new materials parallel placed over the previously existing ones.
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