Illustrious Town Hall of Porcuna (Andalusia, Spain)
Plaza de Andalucía, 3. Postal Code 23.790. Porcuna (Andalusia, Spain)
Pablo M. Millán Millán
Pablo Jesús Casado Millán (Archaeologist Director)
Rafael Antonio Saco Montilla (Support technician in archeology)
Fernando Enrique Salas Herrera (Support technician in archeology)
Vorsevi S.A. (Geological and petrological study)
Mario Cruz Febrero (Engineering)
On a very small plot in extension (163.50 m2) and limited by three medians, a broad spectrum of heritage is converging. On the one hand, in the horizontal plane, the underlying archaeological remains of a past structure of Iberian wells to which a system of Roman drainage is superimposed. On the other hand in the vertical plane the emerging elements of a medieval tower of the fortified system of the city as well as remains of the Roman wall. And finally the structure of load-bearing walls of a building that suffered the ravages of the Lisbon earthquake of 1755 and that still remained standing.
Under these premises we set out to rehabilitate a space that took out each of these historical elements and was sewn into a clean, sober and simple architecture, an architecture that will be a heritage container. The project built therefore will be a journey between the vestiges that the past has been leaving, for them to generate a new space with a double use: in a new upper floor the use of archives and in the lower one of expositive room.
The new architecture generated will allow each of the patrimonial elements to be recognized independently showing different windows to the past: some on the ground that show the Iberian and Roman constructions in front of others on the walls that reveal the Roman wall next to the remains of the medieval tower
The patrimonial reconstruction has been carried out by means of traditional local systems while the new work has been achieved with new systems. The strong collapse of the façade (more than six degrees) has been stabilized by a pendular structure that allows the crowning of the wall to be braced.