BSA, roof for church of the Monastery of San Juan in Burgos
Photos: Santiago Escribano Martínez
José Manuel Barrio and Alberto Sainz de Aja of the firm BSA, with offices in Burgos and Madrid, have in the historical quarter of the city of Burgos worked on the church of the Monastery of San Juan, built in the 11th century. With the mission of protecting, consolidating, and enhancing the archaeological remains of the site, the project creates a public events venue on the 1,300 square meters of space within the walls that guard vestiges of Gothic structures.
The new roof bends upward and downward to adapt to different heights, recalling the preexisting ecclesiastical typology of three naves. The horizontal planes rise over the tops of the walls, with support points minimized. The independent structure of laminated steel profiles is concealed on the outside by the cladding of translucent glass, and on the inside by a false ceiling of wooden slats. Wood is the material used to mark the transition between the church’s character as a ruin and the contemporary composition of straight lines and glazed enclosures. With carefully designed lighting the translucent roof becomes, at night, a lantern inviting people to enter and participate in the activities going on within.
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