Ibiza, Illes Balears, Spain, 1984
Ministerio de Cultura
Commisioned by the “Ministerio de Cultura”, The project has concerned itself with the restoration of the church’s general fabric, the improvement of the tensile strength of the vaults (previously threatened by ruin) and the reparation of both the interior and exterior walls through reinforcement and refacing.
The church’s interior has been modified to permit the entrance of natural light through new skylights which pierce its roof. A fan-shaped rossete now illuminates the wall of the presbythery.
Religious signs, placed on the presbytery wall, as well as a movable altar appear during religious ceremonies. Incorporated in the signs are a painting of the old retable, the lighted baldachin and the shrine.
The pavement is made up of large slate tiles wich inlaid pieces of white marble upon which wooden partitions, to be used as exhibition panels, are to be located. The design of the pattern contemplates the possibility of eight distinct partitional compositions.
The light given by the choir’s window is controlled by a sliding circular shutter that reproduces the decrescent phases of the moon.
The church’s interior palette (seen at the sacristy and wall on the ground level) is of blue and orange hues an is similar to certain number of the island’s rural churches which date from the same epoch.
The façade size has been modified and transformed evoking fragments of its contemporaries. The expresive quality of the façade has been accomplished by its calligraphic relief (in part generated by idiosyncracies inherent in the church’s original façade) in combination with the changing condition of ambient light.