Client: Government of Andorra
Total area: 1,000 (sqm)
In 1972, on the evening of a popular holiday, the ancient Romanesque Sanctuary of Meritxell caught fire and was destroyed. The building was left in blackened ruins, survived only by the original apse and vaulting over the altar and latter-day bell tower.
The task of rebuilding the Sanctuary could not be reduced to an archaeological work simply returning the fallen stones to their original position; nor could the strong influence of the local architectural character and landscape be ignored. The decision to continue along the historical path of Romanesque imagery, in theory, while applying modern building techniques and designs, in practice,...