Castillo De La Luz | Nieto Sobejano
04-09-2018:MODERNi: The first governor of the Canary Islands ordered the construction of a tower at the end of the fifteenth century, and when it was extended a few years later, the space located between the tower and the new perimeter walls was filled with earth to increase the building’s strength and resistance. That purely defensive need would become the structuring argument of our architectural proposal for the Castillo de La Luz. Located in La Isleta, the isthmus at which the Castilian ships protecting the city arrived, it concealed those primitive walls originally beaten by the sea. The passage of time affected not only its initial use and preservation, but also the conditions of its closest environment: the old coastal fortress that was wrapped by the water during high tide became gradually surrounded by the structures of the port and the growing city of Las Palmas. After being involved in battles at the end of the sixteenth century -in which the city was plundered, burnt, and rebuilt- the fortress retained its military role but gradually declined, reaching the twentieth century in a state of ruin. In the 1960s, however, it was partially reconstructed to become an exhibition gallery…Read More!