036 / 2009
The new textile wrapping intensifies the transparencies and the reflections such that it is a shape in permanent change, where the church reveals its original structure, emphasising its open and urban character.
FIRST PRIZE architecture competition. Spain, 2009
PHASE: national competition, 2009
SITE: Madrid, Spain
CLIENT: Orden de la Merced provincia de Castilla
GROSS FLOOR AREA: 3.060 m2
BUDGET: 443.700 euros
ARCHITECTS: Ana Ábalos, Pablo Llopis
Working with this notable structure, one of the first works of Saénz de Oiza, with the power and intensity that its walls transmit, the proposal takes shape through a new envelopment incorporated into the existing one, preserving its character and offering it a new image of lightness and openness, capable of qualifying the combination of public spaces and buildings that surround it.
This textile wrapping establishes the parameters of the facade and confines the actual fabrics without interfering with the actual structure, so that the original construction can be seen through a fretwork veil. This new skin intensifies the transparencies and the reflections such that it is a shape in permanent change, where the building reveals its original structure, emphasising its open and urban character.
Taking the bell towers from the original 1949 project, a precise incision to the structure of one of the towers is proposed, as if it were a photograph by Gordon Matta-Clark, giving shape to a new urban milestone, a form of lighthouse to mark the new journey of the Basilica.