In Natura Veritas project, by the international design firm AGi architects, has been selected for the renovation and museumization of 18 Galician-Roman settlements in Pontevedra, Galicia, Spain. 26 proposals were submitted to the competition organized by the Spanish Ministry of Public Works and the Country Council of Pontevedra. Winners were announced in 2016. In the coming months AGi architects will carry out the development of the winning project. This development will serve to determine the accesses and routes, furniture and equipment for public use, signaling of the intervention areas and preventive protection of the sites, as well as for the creation of unique elements that allow the museumization of each “castro”.
“We are very proud of this project that integrates landscaping, renovation and museumization. We have approached it with all due respect to the natural and archaeological environment that surrounds it, in order to provide it with an own, sustainable, simple identity and, at the same time, that represents a unique experience to the visitor”, said Joaquín Pérez-Goicoechea, Principal and co-founder of AGi architects.
According to the Jury’s decision, In Natura Veritas by AGi architects is a “respectful proposal with existing buildings and brings scenic and friendly quality to the visit to the castros through an integral vision of the context. The combination of the layers: sound, lighting, vegetation, paths and soils generates an integral experience of the space that will make the visit memorable without entering into competition with the archaeological elements. The proposed system of pikes is of great versatility constituting a very appropiate museographic support “.
In Natura Veritas
This museumization proposal, In Natura Veritas, takes as its starting point the intrinsic nature of the proposed program: the creation of a space for the preservation of memory in a natural environment chosen as a living place hundreds of years ago. The proposal enhances the apprehension of the natural and archaeological landscape, bringing the observer closer to nature but also to that imagined and projected abstract world, through a non-formal intervention. As a natural museum, it recreates the memory of landscape through the maintenance, consolidation and recovery of the lost native vegetation.
In order to do this, a guiding proposal, an abstract system composed of different layers, is established with the intention of transferring ad hoc knowledge for each of the sites, integrating them into a unique network for the interpretation of the Galician archaeological landscape.
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