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Refurbishment of the former library of the Monastery of Fitero

"The internal space of this monastic creation turns out to be the prime factor in the intervention since this space is recovered as a staged union of three public rooms, which allow a synthetic knowledge of the constructive process of the monastic complex.", says AH Asociados on Refurbishment of the former library of the Monastery of Fitero

By: AH Asociados

Architecture-Page | Refurbishment of the former library of the Monastery of Fitero by AH Asociados
South-west elevation.

Project details

  • Project Name: Refurbishment of the former library of the Monastery of Fitero
  • Location of Site: Fitero, Navarra, Spain
  • Principal designers: Miguel A. Alonso del Val, Rufino J. Hernandez Minguillon
  • Design Team: Eduardo Arilla, Maria Jose Prieto, Victor Hernandez
  • Technical Architects: Joaquin Aliaga Montes
  • Project Type: Rehabilitation - heritage
  • Client: Town Hall of Fitero
  • Contractor/s: U.T.E. Fitero (Pavimentos de Navarra, S.A. y Arbeloa Construcciones, S.L.)
  • Built-up Area: 558.5 m2
  • Date of completion: August 2001

Architecture-Page | Refurbishment of the former library of the Monastery of Fitero by AH Asociados
South elevation.

Words from the architect

The internal space of this monastic creation turns out to be the prime factor in the intervention since this space is recovered as a staged union of three public rooms, which allow a synthetic knowledge of the constructive process of the monastic complex. To do it, the original volumes are recovered by means of new covering structures which reinterpretate the wooden traditional ones, and keep the massive character of the historical construction in stone, brick and cast.

Architecture-Page | Refurbishment of the former library of the Monastery of Fitero by AH Asociados
Wood roof.

The kitchen area turns out to be an alternative entrance to the monastery, and to its own library, hence recovering its stone entrance, as well as a section by means of wooden pyramid structure which centrally aligns the old vaulted space, thanks to a lantern which illuminates the place. This hallway leads to the horizontal refectory space, in shades, suited to the exhibition of small items and audiovisual montages, from whose coffered wood panelled ceiling; a stairway leads down giving access to the library floor underneath its great centrally located vault, whose vertical tension confers its appearance of great height. Once you get up to the top floor, space is organised on two contrasted levels of contemplation. At the lower level, the exhibition area seems to be defined as a continuous piece of wooden and glass furniture fixture, inclined hence preventing the reflection of troubling images, and the other upper level, characterised by its vault and its decor from the eighteen hundreds.

Architecture-Page | Refurbishment of the former library of the Monastery of Fitero by AH Asociados
Interior.

In short, the intervention is trying to maintain a careful balance between the recovery of a piece lingering in the recent memory and its adaptation to possible future uses via the introduction of basic elements of spatial organisation without any interference to the accepted reading of history, thus allowing full reconditioning and hence public enjoyment of the recovered spaces.

Architecture-Page | Refurbishment of the former library of the Monastery of Fitero by AH Asociados
First floor.

Architecture-Page | Refurbishment of the former library of the Monastery of Fitero by AH Asociados
Ground floor.

Architecture-Page | Refurbishment of the former library of the Monastery of Fitero by AH Asociados
Ground floor.

Credits

  • Text: AH Asociados
  • Photographs: Jose Manuel Cutillas - Proyectar

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