• Criticised Spanish castle restoration wins architecture prize 15 April 2016 | View comments

  • Unusual restoration is dubbed a ‘disaster’ before bagging an architecture award.

    A castle located in Cádiz in the south of Spain, built in the ninth century underwent a restoration process last month which quickly brought about utter dismay. It received negative comments for the brutalist touch, and it garnered comparisons to a fridge and a car park. Now the rebuild has won the publicly voted for Architizer A+ Popular Choice Awards. Before and after

    Carlos Quevado, the architect behind the project, says his aim was to give an idea of what El Castillo de Matrera would have looked like when originally built. The structure actually now matches the original dimensions, but to truly replicate what the castle looked like over a thousand years ago is more or less impossible. Instead, it's been stamped with a contemporary feel of buildings today, while preventing further deterioration of it.

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