Torre Grossa Castle

Arquitectos Santiago Varela
Jijona, Spain

On a hill with craggy slopes in Xixona stands this Castillo de la Torre Grossa (Castle of the Great Tower), called so in reference to one of its main keep

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Photos: © David Zarzoso

An original project was reconsidered and the intervention became a process of consolidating and restoring the fort and the Torre Grossa in a municipality in Alicante province. The fort grounds were emptied of remnants and rubble. For the fort’s new massing, it was decided that the main solution of walls of limestone-and-sand mortar be given continuity.

A circular staircase was incorporated, making the Tower of Homage accessible all the way to the top. To offer views of the surroundings, the terrace built with steel sheets was made transitable. Passage openings were protected with sheets of core-ten steel, welded to the metal platform without touching the masonry, thus preventing deterioration.

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