Shrine of the Virgin @ La Antigua

Shrine of the Virgin of La Antigua by Otxotorena Arquitectos

A rescued stone colonnade stands amongst planes of concrete at this religious shrine in the Spanish countryside by Pamplona studio Otxotorena Arquitectos.

Located outside the small village of Alberite, the Shrine of the Virgin of La Antigua stands alone on a hillside, offering wide-stretching views out across the nearby ravine.

Shrine of the Virgin of La Antigua by Otxotorena Arquitectos

Otxotorena Arquitectos designed the structure to accommodate both large parties and individual worship, as the shrine is only likely to attract groups of visitors at certain points on the religious calendar.

Shrine of the Virgin of La Antigua by Otxotorena Arquitectos

A tapered concrete canopy oversails the historic colonnade, which was rescued from near demolition by members of the local community. Concrete supports stand at either end to hold it firmly in place.

Shrine of the Virgin of La Antigua by Otxotorena Arquitectos

“The building volume is conceived considering the idea of framing the archway by building a parallel roof and floor to wrap and protect it,” explain the architects.

Shrine of the Virgin of La Antigua by Otxotorena Arquitectos

A secluded chapel is sheltered beneath the roof at the rear of the structure. Behind this, an irregular framework of concrete louvres shades a length of clerestory glazing and overhangs the end of the building to create a small belfry.

Shrine of the Virgin of La Antigua by Otxotorena Arquitectos

Other examples of isolated religious spaces include a stark concrete church on the side of a Chinese mountain and a see-through church in the countryside in Belgium. See more places of worship on Dezeen.

Shrine of the Virgin of La Antigua by Otxotorena Arquitectos

Photography is by Pedro Pegenaute.

via: dezeen.com

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