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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Church of Sant Francesc Convent in Santpedor, Spain by David Closes Arquitecte

 
August 9th, 2012 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: David Closes Arquitecte

The Sant Francesc convent, located in the small Catalan town of Santpedor, was built in the early 18th century by Franciscan priests. In 1835 the convent was sacked. Thereafter began the process of progressive deterioration of the building that ended with its demolition in 2000. Only the church remained standing, but in a completely ruinous state.

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  • Architects: David Closes Arquitecte
  • Project: Church of Sant Francesc Convent
  • Location: Santpedor, (Catalonia), Spain
  • Area: 950 m2
  • Client: Santpedor City Council
  • Author: David Closes (architect)
  • Collaborators: Dídac Dalmau (construction engineer), BOMA (structures consultants), Toni Vila (industrial engineer), Jordi Surroca (photographer)
  • Date of project: 2005 (1st phase), 2010 (2nd phase)
  • Execution: 2006-2008 (1st phase), 2010-2011 (2nd phase)
  • Builder: Construccions F. Vidal / GrupSoler
  • Cost: 1.601.553 euros (vat included)

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The project was aimed to convert the Church into an auditorium and a multifunctional cultural facility. The intervention has consolidated the church without deleting the process of deterioration and collapse that the building had suffered. The project has maintained the dimensions of the church interior space and, also, the unusual entries of natural light produced by partial roof collapses. Rather than reconstructing the church, the intervention has just consolidated the old fabric distinguishing clearly the new elements executed of the original ones. The renovation carried out allows to read historical wounds and the building’s most important spatial values without giving up the use of contemporary language in the new elements introduced in the intervention.

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The new programmatic volumes inserted (as vertical accesses or technical equipment) have been located partially outside of the church with the aim of preserving the inner space unity of the nave. In addition, the new stairs and ramps provide an unwonted circular route across the building with amazing and diverse views.

The intervention preserves the historical heritage of the building and simultaneously adds new values which highlight and singularize the ancient church in a contemporary way.

In the future, a final phase will complete the project by placing a historical archive on the upper floors of the south side of the church.

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David Closes

Catalan architect who was born in 1967. He studied architecture at the  Escola d’Arquitectura de Barcelona (ETSAB). He has worked mainly on urban scale projects, on public space projects and on territorial and landscape proposals for several public institutions. From 2004 to 2011, he has been Director of the Urban Projects Department of Manresa City Council.

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