Architecture Fix: Renovation of St Francis Convent into Auditorium Space

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Catherine Bowen
, Plascon Trends Editor

David Closes Renovation of St. Frances Church, Image Source design-milk.com

David Closes’ Renovation of St. Francis Church, Image Source: design-milk.com

Certain things get me excited in life; for example the revitalization of completely neglected spaces and things to former or better glory. The creation process of bringing something into existence out of a void is incredible, BUT, the acts of revitalization that usually require Herculean amounts of energy and dedication from the individuals who undertake these projects… Well, those tend to be very special indeed…

David Closes Renovation of St Frances Church, Image Source design-milk.com

David Closes’ Renovation of St Francis Church, Image Source: design-milk.com

David Closes Renovation of St Frances Church, Image Source design-milk.com

David Closes’ Renovation of St Francis Church, Image Source: design-milk.com

David Closes Renovation of St Frances Church, Image Source design-milk.com

David Closes’ Renovation of St Francis Church, Image Source: design-milk.com

One such project that caught my eye is the Sant Francesc (Saint Francis) Convent which was renovated by Catalan architect David Closes. This building is in the town of Santpedor (Spain) and was the last remaining structure of the former convent. It was in sore need of some TLC and Closes was able, through his vision, to transform the former church into an auditorium and multifunctional space for cultural events.

David Closes Renovation of St Frances Church, Image Source design-milk.com

David Closes’ Renovation of St Francis Church, Image Source: design-milk.com

David Closes Renovation of St Frances Church, Image Source design-milk.com

David Closes’ Renovation of St Francis Church, Image Source: design-milk.com

One of the most interesting interplays in renovations is that of old-meets-new textures, e.g. rough brick exterior surfaces and then the newer more modern surfaces like the sheets of glass, metal grating and crete surfaces, as well as the ultra-slick light and bathroom fittings…

David Closes Renovation of St Frances Church, Image Source design-milk.com

David Closes’ Renovation of St Francis Church, Image Source: design-milk.com

David Closes Renovation of St Frances Church, Image Source design-milk.com

David Closes’ Renovation of St Frances Church, Image Source: design-milk.com

David Closes Renovation of St Frances Church, Image Source design-milk.com

David Closes’ Renovation of St Francis Church, Image Source: design-milk.com

David Closes Renovation of St Frances Church, Image Source design-milk.com

David Closes’ Renovation of St Francis Church, Image Source: design-milk.com

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