Archaeological Museum of Praça Nova by João Luís Carrilho da Graça
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Archaeological Museum of Praça Nova by João Luís Carrilho da Graça

The Nucleo Arqueologico hitherto was revealed to the public in 2010 through a subtle and elegant project by João Luís Carrilho architect da Graça.

Among them, the Islamic “neighborhood” is protected by a vast white concrete building which looks like contemporary walls floating above the ancient ruins.

Architects: João Luís Carrilho da Graça
Location: Lisbon, Portugal
Photography: FG+SG, Vincent Leroux

Archaeological Museum of Praca Nova by Joao Luis Carrilho da Graca

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Archaeological Museum of Praca Nova by Joao Luis Carrilho da Graca

© FG+SG

Archaeological Museum of Praca Nova by Joao Luis Carrilho da Graca

© FG+SG

From 1996, an archaeological excavation campaign begins within the walls of the Castle São Jorg and reveals the traces of several successive periods of installations: homes dating from the Iron Age, houses of medieval Muslim period and the remains of the Palace of the Counts of Santiago.

Archaeological Museum of Praca Nova by Joao Luis Carrilho da Graca

© FG+SG

Archaeological Museum of Praca Nova by Joao Luis Carrilho da Graca

© FG+SG

Archaeological Museum of Praca Nova by Joao Luis Carrilho da Graca

© Vincent Leroux

Inspiration from architect:

for the protection of the eleventh century muslim domestic structures and its frescoes was taken as an opportunity to reproduce, through conjectural interpretation, its spatial experience as a series of independent rooms arranged around a patio that introduced light and ventilation into an otherwise exterior isolated dwelling.


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