Arab Tower Restoration in Guadalajara
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Arab Tower Restoration in Guadalajara

Standing alone the cliff of the highest hill in Riba de Saelices, Guadalajara, the stone pavilion was restored from an abandoned Arab tower which originally served as a defensive point in ninth-century.

Architects: José Ignacio Carnicero, Alejandro Vírseda Aizpún, Ignacio Vila Almazán
Location: Riba de Saelices, Guadalajara, Castile-La Mancha, Spain
Photography: Montse Zamorano, Courtesy of Iñaqui Carnicero Architecture Office

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Standing alone the cliff of the highest hill in Riba de Saelices, Guadalajara, the stone pavilion was restored from an semi-destroyed Arab tower which originally served as a defensive point in ninth-century.

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Rebuilding the stones back into their original position,new stones still collect from the hill.
A small bridge and two staircases connecting the different levels inside and outside where can enjoy fabulous views of the valley on Saelices river.

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Inspiration from architect:

The bridge forces the user to experience the landscape as a fragile structure, which starkly contrasts with the solidity of the interior. The bridge’s handrail metaphorically refers to the shrubbery found in the surroundings. The highest level is covered with an aluminum mesh, where visitors can have a global perception of the landscape.

– Iñaqui Carnicero


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