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Magazine Architecture | 09 Jan 2017

PARISH CHURCH OF SANTA MONICA

 

Many times, from limitations arise great opportunities. It is not unusual for architecture offices to be confronted with constraints regarding space issues, legal boundaries and, many times, a restricted budget, which inevitably influence the options for the projects end result. The challenge is to overcome each one of these moments and achieve a compromise, a balance in a way that the work does not come out tarnished.
Ignacio Vicens y Hualde and José Antonio Ramos Abengózar, from the Spanish architecture office Vicens+Ramos, faced, with the project of the Parish Church of Santa Monica in Rivas Vaciamadrid, Madrid, constraints due to the predefined budgets which determines that the project goes through three phases.  The office´s third proposal was, ultimately, chosen and searched for a way to respond to the requirements of the urban setting. The church is located in a longitudinal section of a residential area and, although it was the final edifice in the area, it was the first to be planned. The organization of the work needed to follow a longitudinal scheme of the land once the intention was to occupy the maximum area in terms of proportion and capacity.
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Text: Cátia Fernandes
Photos: Pablo Vicens

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