Architects: Andrés Jaque / Office for Political Innovation
Text description provided by the architects. Spanish practice Andres Jaque Arquitectos shared with us this great renovation in Plasencia, transforming an old and abandoned seminary into a residence for former priests and students.
Catholic Church has defined historically territory superposing two occupation structures:
1. - Ideological structure, tree vertexed at the Vatican.
2. - Points of direct action, bishopric-nodes in an interconnected network.
This implantation pattern has ruled both social relationships and territory insertion of the individual members of the Church.
Clerical population in Europe has experienced a fast process of aging making it difficult the maintenance of an individualized attention model. Concentration of welfare services demand from the priests seglares a reconstruction of their relationship with territory and their insertion in a community. the project is the device that articulates this transformation by means of the activation of a set of:
Location / Height 349.50m, latitude 40º 1.45′ 4", longitude 2º 24.18′ 72" .
WORKS / rehabilitation 15th century building , rehabilitation 19th century building , 21st century building , parking , garden , roof garden . Total 5262m2.
POPULATION/priests until this moment at different parishes from the diocese of Plasencia . Relatives, companions, assistants, visitors.
COMPOSITION/21 individual flats, 6 double flats, 4 handicapped adapted common baths, 3 technical premises, 2 visit rooms, 2 medical attention rooms, 2 special attention rooms, 1 residence for nuns, 1 chapel, 1 oratory, 1 morgue, 1 parking, 1 dining room, 1 kitchen, 1 vestibule, 1 games room, 1 gymnasium, 1 library, 1 gurugú, laundry.