David De Cos Román 2

Universidad de Sevilla

Escuela Técnica Superior d' Arquitectura

P61 | A WALK THROUGH THE RUINS. Rehabilitation of Riquelme ́s Palace.

by David De Cos Román  

How to do an intervention in the ruins? The architectural intervention proposed as a rehabilitation for Riquelme´s Palace makes us think about the contemporary idea of architectural intervention in building ruins heritage. The project understands that the present building´s state in decline is a normal stage in the building´s life-cycle and, in consequence, any attempt for recovering the missing part will affect the building´s authenticity. The building’s life-cycle stimulates to intervene but keeping in mind the ruins and trying to recover and to protect them with a new construction which works as a showcase itself. The main idea is that the new building will be used like a protection for the ruins and as a kind of a “museum” for exhibiting them too. The archaeological remains are part of a path proposed for visiting the new building, which will be the new museum of Jerez. The walk shows the history of Jerez through the different walls remains from different historical construction periods. The new building is proposed with a minimal intervention strategy; reducing the impact in the ruins and giving the possibility for future interventions to undo and leave the building in the initial situation.


David De Cos Román  is an ETSA´s Seville architect (2011). His final project titled "A Walk through the ruins. Riquelme´s Palace Rehabilitation won the third prize in the Holcim Awards PFC 2011. With an Erasmus scholarship, he studied at the Politecnico di Milano during the academic year 2007/2008. In the professional field, he has been working collaboratively with several architectural studios, especially in the heritage field. In Seville, he contributed to Francisco Granero Martín´s studio. Furthermore, he did some collaborations with Rotterdam offices, including Claus en Kaan Studio where he was working in several projects, such as the restoration and expansion of the KMSKA Museum in Antwerp, Belgium. Nowadays, he is studying for his Master of Architecture and Heritage degree at the University of Seville with the Andalusian Historical Heritage Institute (IAPH). He is also teaching some programs, while researching and dealing with some architectural projects.