This neglected church, once part of the Sant Francesc Convent, was renovated by Catalan architect David Closes. Located in the town of Santpedor, Spain, it was the last building standing from the convent and was badly in need of repair. The project turned the former church into an auditorium and multifunctional space for cultural events.

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The exterior was left with its original rough facade, with moments of the modern renovation mixed in. Overall, Closes managed to preserve the historical value of the building while also combining new elements for the update.

Old Meets New in Modern Renovation of An Old Church in main architecture  Category

The added volumes on the exterior, like this staircase, were added in order to keep the interior’s spaces intact.

Old Meets New in Modern Renovation of An Old Church in main architecture  Category

Old Meets New in Modern Renovation of An Old Church in main architecture  Category

Old Meets New in Modern Renovation of An Old Church in main architecture  Category

Old Meets New in Modern Renovation of An Old Church in main architecture  Category

Another added volume hides electrical equipment that runs the building.

Old Meets New in Modern Renovation of An Old Church in main architecture  Category

Old Meets New in Modern Renovation of An Old Church in main architecture  Category

Old Meets New in Modern Renovation of An Old Church in main architecture  Category

Old Meets New in Modern Renovation of An Old Church in main architecture  Category

Photos © Jordi Surroca.