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Issue #19

REGAINING FORGOTTEN SPLENDOUR

Historic Renovation

Corvin Castle in Romania looks as if it comes straight out of a fairy-tale. It is unique in Europe for its mixture of military architecture combined with key elements of civilian architecture, in a French-inspired Gothic style.
Detail (before renovation), Corvin Castle restoration, SC CASTION PROIECT SRL © Castelul Corvinilor
Before renovation © Castelul Corvinilor
Detail (after renovation), Corvin Castle restoration, SC CASTION PROIECT SRL © Castelul Corvinilor
© Castelul Corvinilor
Exterior (after renovation), Corvin Castle restoration, SC CASTION PROIECT SRL
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Exterior (after renovation), Corvin Castle restoration, SC CASTION PROIECT SRL

REGAINING FORGOTTEN SPLENDOUR

Historic Renovation

Corvin Castle in Romania looks as if it comes straight out of a fairy-tale. It is unique in Europe for its mixture of military architecture combined with key elements of civilian architecture, in a French-inspired Gothic style.

Corvin or Hunyad Castle is located in Hunedoara in Transylvania, Romania. It was built in the 15th century on the site of an old fortification, on a cliff above the Zlasti river.

Its founder Lancu de Hunedoara, did not spend much time there, although in 1480 the castle was very imposing in comparison with most castles in Western Europe. It is a defensive building with an access bridge, and has majestic colourful rooftops. The Neboisa Tower (which translates as the “do not be afraid” tower) and the gallery have remained intact since their initial construction.

In the 17th century, Prince Gabriel Bethlen modernised the castle, adding new wings, transforming the interior Gothic spaces and building military facilities such as the White Tower and the Artillery Terrace. At the same time, the glazed roofs tiles were also installed.

Bird view, Corvin Castle restoration, SC CASTION PROIECT SRL

SEVERE DAMAGE AND CAREFUL RENOVATION

On 13 April 1854, lightning caused a devastating fire that extensively damaged the castle. It was subsequently restored, but the restoration was carried out in several stages and some of these were not entirely successful.

Over the past few years, Corvin Castle underwent intense rehabilitation because the roof had been damaged by rain, storms, and rainwater.

Other damage was caused by biological attacks by fungi and insects due to the excessive humidity. Elimination of these problems could only start after painstaking documentation had been completed by specialists in archaeology and the restoration of historical monuments.

The renovation was carried out with great care and attention to detail; the roof tiles had to be laid in layers, and for two of the towers each piece had to be cut by about 1 cm to allow them to be correctly inserted into the existing curve of the roof. The roof restoration improved safety for the visitors and made their stay more pleasant, which was also shown in the increasing number of visitors. In addition, protection of the walls and interiors was completed, to fully restore the iconic image of a fairytale castle.
Detail (before renovation), Corvin Castle restoration, SC CASTION PROIECT SRL © Castelul Corvinilor
Before renovation © Castelul Corvinilor

A BRIGHT FUTURE AHEAD

Historical or fantasy films are currently produced in the 600 year-old castle, which is often chosen due to the integrity of this medieval monument, its unique interior and the exceptional location. A fantasy movie currently showcases the castle, while the outdoor “Opera Nights” festival is held every year in the inner courtyard, with its exceptional acoustics.

Facts
  • Project name
    Corvin Castle restoration, Hunedoara, Romania
  • Architect
    SC BASTION PROIECT SRL
  • Client
    Hunedoara City Hall
  • Used products

    Tondach Cedonia Biber, natur

  • Year of completion
    2015
Tondach Cedonia Biber natur

Roof

Tondach Cedonia Biber natur – Romania