Remodeling of the Castle of Ibiza
Martínez Lapeña & Elías Torres 

Remodeling of the Castle of Ibiza

Martínez Lapeña & Elías Torres 


In 1784, the ramp that led from the Ibiza cathedral to the castle which crowns Dalt Vila, the old city, was demolished. The staircase erected as a substitute has now been replaced by another one which allows access to the gate of the Moorish city wall as did the original of the 18th century. Forms recalling artfully folded paper spread out from the containing walls to the steps of the ‘Italian ramp’ creating a scenographic dynamic which delineates the journey of coming and going. All of these are cladded with the same ‘Marés’ ashlar that resembles the walls of the medieval site, thus working to foster similarity between new and old. The rehabilitation of the most exquisite space of the castle – the room with ribbed vaults in the Casa de la Ciudad –was carried out by excavating around it patios which seem carved into the stone...[+]