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National Monument

In 1910, Paço de Giela was one of the first sites to be classified as a national Portuguese monument. The recent intervention rehabilitated the old ruins and the natural surrounding landscape, now converted into Paço da Giela Urban Park.

Sector
Tourism & Culture

Client
Municipality of Arcos de Valdevez

Location
Arcos de Valdevez

Year
2015

Sector
Tourism & Culture

Client
Municipality of Arcos
de Valdevez

Location
Arcos de Valdevez

Year
2015

Sector
Museum

Client
Portuguese Bank

Location
Lisbon

Year
2021

In 1910, Giela Palace was one of the first sites to be classified as a national Portuguese monument. The recent intervention rehabilitated the old ruins and the natural surrounding landscape, now converted into Paço da Giela Urban Park.

Global Vision

Paço de Giela is one of the most interesting medieval examples of a noble house in a rural environment, in Portugal. Some historians say construction started prior to the Portuguese nationality, although the iconic tower was only built in the fifteenth century.

The goal of the Arcos de Valdevez city hall was to requalify the monument to allow new cultural initiatives and increase tourism. EDIGMA worked closely with architecture and archaeology teams, to design experiences that could help visitors learn more about the monument.

The reconstructed monument features a permanent exhibition, dedicated to the medieval history of the city of Arcos de Valdevez. The reception building includes a new auditorium to support visitor activities, events and conferences.

Paco da Giela
Paco da Giela
The Challenge

EDIGMA was invited to created complementary solutions for the three areas represented in the exhibition: the historical presence of men in Arcos de Valdevez, the history of Paço de Giela and the “Recontro de Valdevez” battle.

Paco da Giela
Paco da Giela
Paco da Giela

Interactive 3D visualization that allows visitors to navigate through the different stages of construction of the monument.

Interactive 3D visualization that allows visitors to navigate through the different stages of construction of the monument.

Solution

In the reception area, visitors encounter an EDIGMA interactive touchpoint that offers information about the museums’ permanent exhibition, activities and history.

To support the permanent exhibition, EDIGMA created a timeline that offers extended information about the artifacts presented in the exhibit. Visitors can move the timeline and learn more the presence of men in the region of Arcos de Valdevez, from pre-history to the modern age.

EDIGMA also developed an interactive 3D visualization that allows visitors to navigate through the different stages of construction of the monument. The application showcases how the architecture of the site evolved through the centuries and how it was gradually adapted to serve different needs.

Paco da Giela