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In Spain, A Roof Over Ruins

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by Promila Shastri last modified Aug 21, 2013

How does an architect save the majestic, war-torn ruins of a crumbling Spanish church without turning it into something altogether unrecognizable? In the town of Corbera d’Ebre, Spain, the architect Ferran Vizoso simply put a roof on it. Severely damaged during the Spanish Civil war, the roofless church had become — Continue reading …




 

 

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How does an architect save the majestic, war-torn ruins of a crumbling Spanish church without turning it into something altogether unrecognizable? In the town of Corbera d’Ebre, Spain, the architect Ferran Vizoso simply put a roof on it.

Severely damaged during the Spanish Civil war, the roofless church had become an open-air structure, its interior bathed in golden sun, but unshielded from more damaging elements. Vizoso sought to protect the stone and plaster edifice from further deterioration without extracting an essential component of its present-day identity: the open sky.

The answer lay in ETFE, a plastic composite known for its strength, durability and light properties. A segmented roof comprised of ETFE panels now creates a protective shield over the church, transforming the structure into a useful, enclosed meeting place for the town’s citizens, without detracting from its poetic imperfection—an earthly solution that, to our eyes, is nothing short of heavenly.

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