The Old Church of Vilanova de la Barca, Spain

historical brick modern white brick facade front view Church Barca
Church of Vilanova de la Barca, Spain © Adrià Goula

Architects AleaOlea architecture & landscape, Spain
Lleida, Spain
Construction period 2015 - 2016
Nomination category Building outside the box
Purpose Multi-purpose hall
Usable floor area 216 m²
Brick type Facing bricks, clay roof tiles

The Old Church of Vilanova was partially demolished in the 1930s during the Spanish Civil War, and only a few parts, including the west façade, survived. The restoration project started in 2009 with the aim of creating a dialogue between the old and new elements of the building. There was a strong focus on the building envelope, with the construction of a new brick façade and tiled roof. The architects describe the new part of the church as an architectural ceramic shell that is gently supported by the remains of the ancient walls. The outer façade has no windows and follows the structure and design of the ancient church. By contrast, the inner façade is designed in a modern way to highlight the interaction between the old and the new parts. The restoration of this church demonstrates how old, ruined parts of a building can work together with new elements in a harmonious way.

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