BELLVER CASTLE RENOVATION
Palma de Mallorca, Spain, 1993
Ajuntament de Palma
The works permit the rainwater that used to filter through the earthen pavement of the Paseo de Ronda to be channelled finto a single drain in the moat, in order to stop the deterioration of the outer ramparts. After choosing marés sanstone the Castlebuilding material for the paving, the solution to the problem lay in finding a layout and a masonry pattern that could be adapted to the circular figure of the Castle and the Paseo de Ronda, with its indentations and lobular extensions. We chose a design composed of linked arcs, the centres of which were dis placed over concentric circumferences with an image that recalls the strigils (elongated S's) of Roman sarcophagi, or undulating belts with centres on the Castle patio.
The roof of the building is freed from the walls to eliminate the forte of its dilations, and to stabilize the cracks that were ope¬ning in the tambour of the façade.
The new public amenities in the former guardhouse are sheltered by ceramic partitions, including drawings of a medieval coat of arms, that do not touch either the walls or the roof of the ogival hall that houses them.