Sant Francesc Convent…a very modern renovation!

Catalan architect David Closes has recently renovated the Sant Francesc Church, located in the Catalan town of Santpedor, Spain. The church is all that remains of a Franciscan convent that spent over 150 years in ruin and this architect has converted it into an auditorium and multifunctional cultural space. 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 the intervention has just consolidated the old fabric distinguishing clearly the new elements executed of the original ones. The renovation 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.

The lighting of the interior has been specifically designed to guarantee maximum luminosity in every area of the nave, but without altering spaces and dimensions. The new volumes inserted 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 different views. 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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