Article source: José María Sánchez García
ROMAN TEMPLE OF DIANA SURROUNDINGS AND PERIMETRAL BUILDING
The project retrieves the environment of the Temple of Diana in Merida, which was the forum or the city center in Roman times.
The challenge of acting in a place with such historical and archaeological relevance has meant to work with the existing trace since the beginning, so that the finished work would recover this space from Roman times through modern language. This situation has led to conceive the architectural design not as something closed or completely defined before starting to run. On the contrary, we worked in a more flexible way, defining the rules and guidelines on how to act in this place, that is to say, the syntax of the project itself, in order to absorb all the irregularities and changes due to the archaeological findings, without losing the initial concept of the proposal. All this has been developed during five years that, with the archaeological works, the project definition and execution of the construction overlapping in time.
Images Courtesy Roland Halbe
- Architect: José María Sánchez García
- Name of Project: Roman Temple of Diana
- Location: Romero Leal and Santa Catalina street, Mérida, Spain
- Project title: Perimetral building and Temple of Diana environments. Mérida, Spain
- Construction: November2009 – February 2011
- Photographer: Roland Halbe, Pablo Calzado, José María Sánchez García