How cool is this post from @dwellmagazine?!? I love how the altar was repurposed into kitchen space! Food is definitely a blessing 😋❤️ and the center of all things holy 😇in my home 🏠 Check out the back story of this remodeled church by reading their reposted caption below:
“I need you. I bought a f*cking church!” With this blunt text message to his friend, architect Carlos Garmendia of @garmendiacorderoarquitectos, Tas Careaga kicked off a three-year design adventure. “Back in 2016, I was looking for some land with an old house on it,” says Tas, who runs a small creative agency. Responding to an Internet advertisement for “land with building in ruins on it,” @tascareaga drove about a half-hour west from Bilbao to Sopuerta, a town nestled in the rolling hills and thick forests of Spain’s northern Basque country.
There, he encountered the remains of a small church on the side of a winding road near the edge of a deep, green ravine. “When I arrived, I absolutely fell in love,” he says.
Abandoned since the late 1970s, the church was in need of serious repair. The roof had caved in and vegetation had thoroughly invaded the structure. Built in the mid 16th century, with some add-ons in the form of an 18th-century bell tower and sacristy, the church had obvious archaeological and historical value. This is not a restoration. For Garmendia, the mission was to “show that ruins can have value” by preserving the original building without hiding the effects of time. Tas wanted a functional space for living, working, and entertaining. They landed on a design that kept as much of the existing stone structure as possible, shoring it up and inserting a contemporary living space while retaining the atmosphere of a romantic ruin. For a sneak peek of the revived church featured in our September/October issue, try Dwell+ in the link in bio.
Photos by @gregori_civera
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