Valencia – A minimal yet bold intervention by Francesc Rifé underlines the historic soul of Valencia's former San José convent to create a new space for culture, gastronomy and the exchange of ideas. The design focuses on a freestanding black metal frame that traces the envelope of the former 17th century church – now a multipurpose space – adding a new dimension, literally and figuratively, to the Renaissance space.
Designed as a ‘21st century sculpture’ to connect the past with the future, the frame is carefully inserted without touching the walls of the heritage-listed structure. Pragmatically, the freestanding frame cleverly integrates the audio-visual technical elements as well as the lighting system. At the intersection of the nave and transept, a new dome outlines the volume of the existing dome with three circles, highlighting the lead up to the altar/stage.