Sant Francesc Convent – Catalan Church

Sant Francesc Convent, Santpedor Church Building, Catalonia Development, Spain Architecture

Sant Francesc Convent, Spain

Catalonia Church Building Conversion – design by David Closes

17 Jun 2013

Santpedor Church

Design: David Closes

Location: Santpedor, Catalonia, Spain

Church of Sant Francesc Convent

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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photos : Jordi Surroca

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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photos : Jordi Surroca

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.

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photos : Jordi Surroca

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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Sant Francesc Convent – Building Information

Project: Auditorium in the church of Sant Francesc convent
Location: Santpedor (Catalonia). Spain
Area: 950 sqm
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: 2006-08 (1st phase), 2010-11 (2nd phase)
Builder: Construccions F. Vidal / GrupSoler
Cost: 1.601.553 euros (vat included)

Sant Francesc Convent images / information from David Closes

David Closes website – external link

Jordi Surroca, photographer website – external link


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