Reina & Asociados has reworked the vaulted brick cellars of the Palacio del Rey don Pedro at Seville’s Royal Alcázar into an exhibition area.
The refurbishment opens up the beforehand closed vaulted chambers to the general public and can ultimately function an exhibition area for a number of archaeological artifacts gathered from the Alcázar’s assortment.
Situated contained in the partitions of Seville’s Alcázar, the Palacio del Rey don Pedro – also referred to as the Mudéjar Palace – was constructed by King Pedro I of Castile in 1364 together with the remainder of the royal palaces and gardens that make up the Alcazar.
The Alcázar was constructed on the positioning of an Abbadid Muslim residential fortress that was destroyed after the Christian conquest of Seville. Though little of the unique Islamic palace stays its affect may be seen all through.
Used as cellars, the sequence of underground vaulted areas was modified on the finish of the 16th century, through the reign of Philip II, once they have been tailored to be higher linked to the Renaissance gardens.
Bigger entranceways and pathways have been inserted to create a extra fluid reference to the Alcázar’s Jardín de la Galera (The Galley’s Backyard) and Jardín de Troya (Troy’s Backyard) in addition to improved air flow. Nonetheless subsequently, the areas have been then returned to make use of as both storage and repair areas.
“The basement is at the moment introduced as a beneficial and hidden container, important for understanding the development of the Mudéjar Palace and its relationship with the gardens and historic gardens over time,” stated the follow, which is led by Francisco Reina Fernández-Trujillo.
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“The sensible absence of coatings permits the imaginative and prescient of the wealthy textures of its Mudejar brick factories, meticulously consolidated and restored through the works.”
The cellar’s brick partitions and vaults have been rigorously restored and a brand new ground has been put in.
A pure stone floor conceals the services and providers which can be required to situation the areas and adapt them for a visiting public.
“This unitary aircraft of amber cream pure stone of small format and impartial tone, is eliminated on the perimeter to disclose the unique stays of flooring and baseboards,” defined the structure studio.
“The restoration and restoration of the present gaps establishes conceptual ties with the intervention carried out within the 16th century wherein the connection of the buildings with the gardens intensifies.”
The openings that have been enlarged within the 16th century at the moment are glazed to offer pure lighting, and are complemented by an oblique lighting system that’s directed in the direction of the coatings preserved on the base of the partitions.
Different current restoration initiatives embody the revival of a medieval church with lead-clad extensions by McCullough Mulvin Architects in Kilkenny, Eire, and Haworth Tompkins’ public lobby for Bristol’s Grade I-listed Outdated Vic theatre.
Pictures is by Fernando Alda.