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Sumit Singhal
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.

Santuario de Meritxell in Canillo, Andorra by Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura

 
May 29th, 2013 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura

The old chapel of the Virgin of Meritxell, patron saint of the Principality of Andorra, was gutted by fire during celebrations in 1972. The Taller de Arquitectura was commissioned to rebuild the sanctuary, but steered away from the kind of archaeological approach that would have been limited to replacing the fallen stones in their original positions.

Image Courtesy Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura

Image Courtesy Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura

A new sanctuary was constructed on the basis of a reinterpretation of the theoretical principles of Romanesque architecture within a modern design, acknowledging the architectural heritage of the Pyrinees and seeking to counter the process of progressive degradation which the Principality a has suffered as a consequence of the total lack of planning control and building regulations.

Image Courtesy Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura

All the elements of the floor plans and facades are related by way of a harmonious numerical scheme which is translated into a rigorous compositional geometry. The geometrical decoration accentuates the interdependence of the entire complex in a unity that assimilates and contrasts with the ruins of the older constructions by means of an evocative use of change of scale.

Image Courtesy Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura

As built, the sanctuary, which remains closed virtually all year round, forms part of a more ambitious project, never put into practice, which would have extended across the valley, ordering and repopulating the surrounding countryside.

Image Courtesy Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura

Image Courtesy Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura

Image Courtesy Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura

Image Courtesy Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura

Image Courtesy Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura

Image Courtesy Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura

Image Courtesy Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura

Image Courtesy Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura

Image Courtesy Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura

Image Courtesy Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura

Image Courtesy Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura

Image Courtesy Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura

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