Restoration of the Castle of Les
PROJECTS I ARCHITECTURE
Project: Restoration of the Castle of Les
Developer: Lleida Provincial Council / Les City Council, Val d’Aran
Maite Sainz de la Maza Benet. Fetdeterra
Melitó Camprubí Puig. Architect of the Architecture Service of the Lleida Provincial Council
Macari de Torres. Engineering geologist
Joan Ramon Salvadó Clarisó, Technical Engineer Topographer of the Lleida Provincial Council
Date and location: September 2017. Les
VALUES OF PATRIMONIAL ARCHITECTURE
Before establishing the restoration criteria that will guide the intervention, we must bear in mind that there is a series of general values typical of historical monument architecture, such as historical, cultural, artistic, landscape or traditional values, among others, that must be respected and maintained.
It is an architecture linked to the landscape, the result of the resources and materials that they had in their territory, and conditioned by the climatic environment. These specific values are what convert the existing building into a sustainable construction that is environmentally friendly.
GENERAL INTERVENTION CRITERIA
The goal of the restoration is to respect, preserve and highlight the building’s own values. The basic criteria that we will follow in the project are as follows:
CONSERVING AUTHENTICITY AND SYMBIOSIS WITH THE LANDSCAPE
We consider the building as a historical document that we must preserve, define and preserve its authenticity, which we can find in the materials, in the construction system and in the space.
The minimum intervention to guarantee conserving the building, without the need to execute any work that is not strictly necessary.
The possibility of reversibility of the added intervention must be taken into account, as long as it does not destabilize the structure and consolidation of the building.
We must ensure the compatibility of our intervention with the old building, from the structural and material point of view, so that no further pathologies occur on the existing construction.
The creation of an access to the tower taking advantage of the topography of the environment and minimizing the visual impact of the intervention.
Consolidation of the structure of the wall and conditioning of the access area with archaeological remains.
Restoration of the wrought iron and roof, after the study and verification of documentation and existing remains.