Landscaping adjustment of the walled enclave and chapel of Jorba Castle
Carles Enrich 

Landscaping adjustment of the walled enclave and chapel of Jorba Castle

Carles Enrich 


The second phase of the masterplan to restore the area surrounding Jorba Castle began in 2019. The remains of this monument crown the Puig de la Guàrdia mountain, in the Catalonian comarca of Anoia. The excavation works uncovered a 60-square-meter 12th-century chapel – with decorative elements from the 16th and 17th – and it was decided that it should be preserved.

The project carried out by the Barcelona practice of Carles Enrich covered this space composed of three 4-meter-high walls, the layers of which throw light on the different uses that were made of the chapel over the years. Prepared on the site and held up with reversible screwed rods, the protective light structure of laminated wood is closed up with sheets of translucent polycarbonate. The materials obtained in the archaeological digs were reused, such as the for the chapel’s new floor.

The discovery was the cue for planning a scenic walk that unites the first two historical periods of the castle and ends inside the chapel. A rope anchored to the ground with corrugated rods links up the spaces, delimiting the visitable zone. From the original entrance into the premises one gets to the upper terrace, which provides a viewing point. It was restored by lowering the terrain to the level of the original pavement. Stairs made of wooden strips set over leftover stones connects this level to the access to the church, situated 4 meters below, completing the scenic walk.