Water Tower Restoration / José Amorós Martínez y Alberto Amorós Martínez
Textual content description offered by the architects. Defending water as a human precedence, and understanding its situation as an inexhaustible supply of life that sustains existence, is the inspiration upon which the consolidation and restoration works of the Tower of Water in Aledo are developed. These works have made it potential to find new points of this magnificent defensive constructing, from the place a part of the historical past of the place could be uncovered. The tower that has reached our days is called the Tower of Water and dates again to the fifteenth century. Its volumetric restoration is carried out faithfully to its unique footprint, following methods and utilizing supplies discovered within the medieval constructing.
Thus, reinforcement and patching works are carried out utilizing in situ wood formwork full of white lime, stones, and native sand, which brings again the reddish look current in all of the slopes. The tower is thus camouflaged with the environment, turning into yet one more peak born from the earth. The bottom preserves its stepped silhouette with its rubble masonry and mortar basis, whereas the newly executed partitions are made with calicastrada partitions following the present module utilized in its day, with a Castilian yardstick of 0.80 cm, the place the tapiales rise, recovering the tower’s unique top.
The brand new partitions are set again, within the shadow of the originals, delaying their plumb strains and separated with geotextile in an angle of respect and reverence for what already exists. The intervention isn’t solely within the tower however in its whole complicated. The environment are its devoted companion, the one that gives assist and that means. Within the intervention, the environment are fastidiously nurtured, cleaned, and reforested with crops native to the realm, thyme, rosemary, mastic, and rockroses as soon as once more regain the imprint of the place. The tower solely is smart from this place as a singularity discovered on the slopes of this valley, the place the intervention is justified by its rugged topography, as some extent of entry to a village of Aledo that inhabits its excessive floor.
A brand new horn-shaped door permits entry and management to the snail mine positioned subsequent to the tower, which begins its journey on the foot of the slope to penetrate the depths of the earth via its infinite gallery the place water flows. The door is resolved with a delicate gesture, utilizing metal plates which might be allowed to rust, separated from one another to permit gentle to enter and supply the mandatory air flow to the underground passage. At this time, the Tower of Water has been recovered, its wounds have been healed, and it’s as soon as once more renewed in its proud countenance. At this time, historical past continues, and as soon as once more the rock thrushes come to the place of their keen flight, the scorpion finds shelter within the stone, and the track of the cicadas accompanies the shade of the branches.