the 13th century spanish gothic church of vilanova de la barca was partially demolished in 1936 on account of bombings throughout the spanish civil warfare. the church had been in a state of spoil since then, with solely its apse, some fragments of the naves and the west façade remaining. of their renovation of this church, barcelona-based studio aleaolea aimed to retain the unique look of the traditional constructing whereas remodeling the outdated construction into a brand new multi-purpose corridor. the venture establishes a dialogue between the outdated components and the brand new parts, between the previous and the current.
all photos by adriá goula
the unique church, adopted by the structure and panorama studio aleaolea, has a basilica typology with two naves, a presbytery and lateral chapels. the inside rises over thirty toes. preserved of the surviving construction are two spectacular lateral buttresses, most likely of a romanesque origin, and a ribbed vault within the apse of the 17th century in a late gothic type. your entire church was constructed of ashlar masonry which was largely broken by the climate circumstances and the erosion of time. extra lately, the church had been severely affected by the development of an hooked up single household home within the former graveyard.
an necessary side of the venture is the eye to the masking parts: the façade and the roof. the studio established a brand new latticework brick façade and a gabled, arab tile roof. your entire system is conceived as a ceramic shell that’s gently supported over the stays of the traditional partitions. the outer façade reproduces the irregular texture of the stone ashlar of the traditional church, providing a visible continuity and integration with the unique material. contrarily, the internal façade is designed with a white perforated brick, reinforcing the distinction and discontinuity between the outdated components and the brand new parts. the picture of the outdated church is retained from the outside, whereas from the inside there’s a new environment of relaxation and introspection.
architects: aleaolea structure & panorama (laia renalias, carles serrano, leticia soriano, roger such)
consumer: vilanova de la barca city corridor
building: UTE construccions jaen-vallés – urcotex inmobiliaria
technical architect: baldomer ric
structural engineers: campanyà vinyeta sl
completion date: april 2016