The first challenge in that kind of rehabilitation is wide. 3 key points must be considered at the same time:
- reconcile protected components with nowadays’thermic, comfort and accessibility regulations
- point out which elements really make the quality of the building (structure, typology)
- use these identified elements as guidelines to develop a project in harmony with our modern way of living.
The construction leaning on the old building is an example of that kind of specific point, and it deserved to be fully treated as it was.
Typologically, this part of the building contains the kitchens, which keeps signs of its old functions of service area in the new housings. From the outside, it also has to be remarkable and copper early appears to link that “exceptional characteristic with the other requirements of the project such as external insulation.
Copper was the way used to create a handmade skin with a precious, manufactured material, making echoes to the laces stones of the church’s abutments.
The final reason was the outstanding capacity of copper to reflect light, bringing sunrays to the deepest point of the courtyard.