The calcination furnaces suffered half a century of plundering that combined with the action of weathering turned most of them into piles of rubble. Previously, they had been abandoned due to economic instability and their obsolescence due to the introduction of new technology in iron production.
This is not a conventional conservation project, but one that reuses and recycles. Our aim was to turn an industrial artifact into a viewpoint over the desertic landscape. Like an "object trouvé", the reconstructed furnace seeks the tension between its original use and the new one that in now given to it.
In this project we literally implement the concept of recycling: the material found in the rubble was reutilized to rebuild the first furnace. The firebricks and masonery thus become reused, lengthening the life cycle of these constructions.
The peculiarity of the site and the relationship between the landscape and the architectural object is another of the aims that fuel this project. Without the barren landscape in which these furnaces are situated, this project could not be understood.
We would like to invite the visitors to contemplate and appreciate this quiet and melancholic space. That is why the circulation spaces become places of observation: slowing down the passage of time, listening to the silence, in a place in which things happen gently....