We’ve continually come across beautiful adaptive re-use of religious buildings, mostly across Europe and will keep posting them as we find them, find them again. There seem to be many factors motivating this movement, a combination of old building that need to be restored but no longer serve or fit their original purpose, European countries and communities in need of money… Most of these renovations use modern design to highlight in a complimentary way the age of the original structure, offering juxtaposing materials or building spaces within spaces or encasing and or sheathing the structure. Here is a lovely example by Adam Bresnick that is in Brihuega Spain. The chapel itself is originally from the 16th century and has been converted into an event space.
Here’s a wonderful description from Dezeen.com:
Adam Bresnick Architects studied and restored the existing architecture as well as inserting new uses. The philosophy guiding the intervention was to respect time’s passing. From the exterior the stone facades were repointed, traditional tile eaves restored and stone mouldings left with their worn faults, including the original scarred Serlian entrance. In the interior three distinct areas are articulated, the refurbished dome where the original space is restored, the entrance into the nave is a mix of archaeological remains and new construction cantilevered over the space, minimally touching the original.