Clear Roof Breathes New Life Into Historic Spanish Church



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The town of Corbera d’Ebre in Tarragona, Spain was home to the ruins of a church dating back to the Spanish Civil War. While the ruined church was lovely to look at, it offered no usable space thanks to a crumbled roof and other unstable segments.

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Ferran Vizoso Architects created a new roof for the building that gave it new life while preserving its historic presence. The roof is an enormous transparent skylight that fills the church’s interior with natural light.

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It was very important to town officials to keep the historic look of the building intact. The goal was to strike a happy balance between history and the present, as well as between indoors and outdoors.

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The huge skylight made the church into a usable community space but kept the feeling of being surrounded by historic ruins. That is, when you step inside, you feel that you are still partially outside.

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The resulting interior is sophisticated and romantic. The sun streams down through the transparent ceiling while breezes and bird sounds permeate the interior of this exquisite Spanish church.

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