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Before and after: a 16th-century church converted into a house

Before and after: a 16th-century church converted into a house



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Carlos Garmendia Fernández

Any modification in the use of a space requires, obviously, a series of actions that adapt this place to the new needs that arise beyond the implicit ones that the mere updating of the same implies.

The transformation task was as motivating as it was exceptional: transforming an abandoned Renaissance church into a dwelling.

Throughout the process, three concepts that were constituted as a road map were handled: the story, the client and the project understood as a prologue.

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The intervention was carried out on a small church (little more than a hermitage) built during the second half of the 16th century and underwent major remodeling in neoclassical terms at the end of the 18th century, increasing its height and adding, among other things, a bell tower and a watering hole.

At the moment in which our action is planned, the building is without cover, collapsed inside itself, and in a worrying state of structural instability.
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Located in the neighborhood of Las Barrietas, within the municipality of Sopuerta and surrounded by a dozen isolated buildings, it occupies a privileged position within a plot surrounded by lush mountains of vegetation.

At all times, the idea of ​​intervening as sensitively as possible was prioritized, touching the church only when there was no other alternative, understanding the performance as an alien element implanted within a ruin.

Carlos Garmendia Fernández

Each project revolves around a client or at least one user destined to inhabit said project but, in the case at hand, this figure acquires a greater role.

The way in which to think of a home is directly linked to the lifestyle of the inhabitant and, as such, this project is the result of a willingness to tame an unusual space, to do so with respect to the previous history but with contemporary concepts, to understand housing as an open space and to propose home as a meeting place, as an opportunity for socialization of housing architecture.

Thus, this project ended up being designed “two-handedly”, drawn by both actors in the literal sense, sharing concerns, knowledge, aspirations and obsessions.
Carlos Garmendia Fernández

This fact generates that the figure of Tas, the client, becomes the generator of the project from beginning to end, visualizing it, in the designer and executor, drawing, projecting and even forming part of the same material execution of parts of the project. play and in the later actor who will continue an unfinished work.

Carlos Garmendia Fernández

This was understood from the outset, as a design task extended in time that was evolving at the same time as the work did and that, once the work of the architect is finished, will continue to grow in the hands of Tas.

Carlos Garmendia Fernández

And it will do so following the same premises marked from the beginning and under which our intervention has taken place. He will do it respecting what he already was, making visible what is generated in the present, voluntarily and consciously facing the history of the previous building, without touching or masking the scars that show his travels almost as directly as a literary account would the new elements that constitute the new architecture.

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It will do so assuming the consequences of a change of use, the change of scale that involves generating a home within what was conceived as a church, in the different lighting and environmental needs that mark its new life.
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And understanding how this new space has acquired a new value, how it has been achieved, without forgetting the past, to convert a space of worship into a home.
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Architects: Garmendia Cordero. Client and co-designer: Tas Careaga.

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