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Spanish Church Destroyed By War Gets a Clear, Plastic Roof

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Six decades after the Spanish Civil War decimated the Spanish town of Corbera d'Ebre, the local government commissioned Spanish architect Ferran Vizoso to reclaim the roofless ruins of the town's church, a high-naved, colonnaded structure perched atop a hill. Instead of trying to recreate the style of its stone edifice, Vizoso cleaned up what was left and placed on top of it all a transparent plastic roof to shelter its users and halt deterioration due to rain and wind. It's aesthetically compelling, to be sure, but it's also a kind of stirring example of how historic renovation—particularly in spaces that memorialize death and war—can make a space usable without tearing it to the ground in an effort to forget the dark history and lives lost.

"The main purpose of the work was to give the old church back to the people, transform it in a new and secure multifunctional public room," the Vizoso writes. "One thing was clear, the restoration had to preserve the subtle balance in between nature and construction (exterior and interior) that all runes have, the sensations of still being outside when "entering" in the old temple had to be kept."

· Ferran Vizoso Rehabs Church Destroyed In Spanish Civil War [Architizer]
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