Palau-Castell. Betxi /// ASCER award 2014
///CERAMIC AWARDS /// PREMIOS CERÁMICA ASCER 2014. INTERIOR///
The recovery of the Palau Betxí’s Renaissance cloister has been awarded with the first prize ASCER 2014, in the category of interior.
The project faces the loss of half of the original cloister that. After decades of abandonment, it had been mutilated by dwelling buildings in the 70’s. The design uses a big mirror and wooden louvers to screen the relations with the dividing wall and complete visually the space of the lost cloister. The town recovers a space that had been forgotten by the inhabitants and starts a process to turn the building into the heart of the cultural municipal life it was once. The project has demonstrated a big potential for the urban and social regeneration, through an intense and meticulous work attitude, despite the budget was very tight.
The restoration shows the work intentionally in progress, marked by the idea of “non-finito”. The pre-existence is valued by the evocation of ruins, emphasizing its historical marks and using it as a part of a scene that shows new relations between ages.
In the cloister, the handmade clay pavement is organized by a traditional diagonal design in the whole building, using a single type of brick, but marking differences with the orientation of the bricks. In the uncovered area, bricks are set by their frog face, while the in covered areas, they are set by their stretcher face.
In this 13th edition of the awards, the jury was composed by: Emilio Tuñón (president), Martha Thorne, Cino Zucchi, Anupama Kundoo, José María Sánchez, Fernando Márquez Cecilia and Ramón Monfort.