The Dialogue between Ancient and Modern Materials in the Restoration of a Collapsed Ancient Chapel

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Title: The Dialogue between Ancient and Modern Materials in the Restoration of a Collapsed Ancient Chapel
Authors: Galiano Garrigós, Antonio Luis | Echarri Iribarren, Víctor | González Avilés, Ángel Benigno | Andújar-Montoya, María Dolores
Research Group/s: Tecnología y Sostenibilidad en Arquitectura
Center, Department or Service: Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Construcciones Arquitectónicas | Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Edificación y Urbanismo
Keywords: Heritage and debate | Restoration | Restoration techniques | Structural reinforcement
Knowledge Area: Construcciones Arquitectónicas
Issue Date: 2018
Publisher: WIT Press
Citation: International Journal of Heritage Architecture. 2018, 2(2): 283-292. doi:10.2495/HA-V2-N2-283-292
Abstract: While facing a restoration of an ancient building, sometimes a reconstruction is needed. The decision to use modern materials could be quite conflictive, especially when the building is to be in use once again and the visitors see the outcome. This was the case of the Chapel of the Holy Sepulchre, Orihuela (Alicante). It was built as a satellite cult place from the abbey of San Francisco, and it was placed as a Calvary at the top of a hill close to the main building. Over the years, this building became part of the neighbourhood’s identity and one of the most important anchor points for the inhabitants of the area. Neglected maintenance made the building collapse at the end of the 1990s. The City Council of Orihuela acquired the building in 2007 and planned to restore it, but architects faced a problem regarding restoration, as most parts of the building had collapsed. The restoration process of the chapel, especially in terms of structure, is based on the relation between modern and traditional materials, a final touch that did not change the feeling of identity that the inhabitants once had over the original chapel.
ISSN: 2058-8321 (Print) | 2058-833X (Online)
DOI: 10.2495/HA-V2-N2-283-292
Language: eng
Type: info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Rights: © 2018 WIT Press. Free (open access)
Peer Review: si
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