The former convent of San José in Valencia opens up to the world under the name of Convent Carmen and a new narrative that balances design, history, and nature. It is a space for culture, gastronomy, and soon hotel, that transgresses the conventional modes of expression in its genre. Beginning with an intervention in the desacralized church, up to the exuberance of its bucolic garden, and the explosion of social activities for which space has been consciously prepared.
▼Carmen修道院场地入口，the gate of Convent Carmen garden
▼教堂入口，the entrance of the church
▼教堂作为主要的入口、通道和多功能空间，the church becomes the main access, passageway, and multi-purpose space
The expressly minimalist implementation of the studio begins with the church, which has become the main access, passageway, and multi-purpose space. An independent metal armor reinterprets the original shape of this 17th-century religious building, articulating a flow of contemporary lines and adding a new dimension to the Renaissance space. Designed as a 21st-century sculpture, it has been projected completely independently to the walls of the church, either for patrimonial reasons, for which its cataloging prevented any fixation in its current walls, as a concept. The new structure integrates all the audiovisual technical elements, as well as an expressive color lighting system with RGB that will make it adjustable, both formally and emotionally. Its design acts as a longitudinal and transversal conductor, projected with different sections of metal profiles, enameled in black.
▼独立的金属架子重新诠释了这座17世纪宗教建筑原始形态，an independent metal armor reinterprets the original shape of this 17th-century religious building
▼不同RGB色彩的照明系统，an expressive color lighting system with RGB
Through this element was intended to develop an obvious past-future connection, and as it happened in the Renaissance the dome takes an essential role. The crossing between the two naves was the most important point of its architecture, and it is where a symbolic replica of the vault was projected, through the succession of three circles at different heights that create a parabolic form in space. In it, many hanging lamps have been fixed as a great lighting element, which will be the preamble to the altar or new stage. This space for the celebration of the religious rite, now becomes a privileged place for musicians, lecturers and a multitude of actors, which will make this one of the main participatory focuses of the city. The simplicity of this intervention demonstrates the importance of holding back and making little noise when the context already expresses its memories with force.
▼室内采用极简主义的干预措施，the minimalist implementation in the interior
▼不同高度上三个连续圆形在空间中形成抛物线形状作为象征性的穹顶，a symbolic replica of the vault was projected through the succession of three circles at different heights
▼金属架子独立于墙体结构，the frame has been projected completely independently to the walls of the church
花园位于教堂的一侧，这片巴伦西亚城市内不知名的绿洲被设计成为真正的美食“市场”。设计以街道 “餐车”为概念，三个美食点以货柜的形式进行设计，其中展示不同类型的菜肴，围绕着这些美食点，顾客可以坐在不同的座位区中。所有的美食供应都是由著名厨师Miguel Ángel Mayor（米其林一星）来协调的，美食采用不同的烹饪相融合的方式，包括“街边小吃”、Andalusian油炸、日本寿司或创意肉类菜肴。
The garden is located next to the church. An unknown oasis within the city of Valencia, designed as a true gastronomic “market”. Taking the street concept of “food trucks” three gastronomic points have been created in the form of containers in which different types of cuisine are made, and around which the customer can be placed in different seating systems. All the culinary offerings are coordinated by the prestigious chef Miguel Ángel Mayor (1 Michelin star), with fusion cuisine approaches, including “street food”, fried Andalusian, Japanese sushi, or innovative dishes of poultry.
▼街道处花园入口，garden entrance from the street
In an environment of green and lively nature, the small architectural gestures and a base of containers are recognized around accompanied by a large pergola, creates a shadow in the diners and a poetic play of lights. In this way, they adapt to the correct way of working (high areas of stools, running tables, low tables, sunbeds also in the form of a swing) adapting to each of the territories without having to change the geology of the place. This furniture has been designed with a base of tubular metal structures and surfaces of phenolic board dyed in black, which contrasts with the rest of the plant elements that appear in the place. A stage to act, finally define a space that seeks to inspire entertainment and also the strategic form, the best situation of the place, so that all visitors enjoy the activities.
▼三个美食点按照货柜的形式进行设计，three gastronomic points have been created in the form of containers
▼不同形式和组合的座位区域，seating areas in various forms and combinations
▼巨大的凉棚为用餐者提供荫凉和诗意的光影游戏，large pergola creates a shadow in the diners and a poetic play of lights
▼用餐区一角，seating area next to the wall
▼室内外用餐亭子，dinning pavilion for eating inside and outside
Finally, the magic of light. Sunsets will take on a new meaning in this urban garden when ambient lighting comes on. In the same way as in the church, through a controlled system of RGB color light, the environment will be completely transformed. The trees, delicately lit, will become the main protagonists and the lamps distributed in the pergolas and bars, will accompany the diners.
▼花园夜景鸟瞰，aerial view of the garden at night
▼精心点亮的树木成为空间主角，the trees, delicately lit will become the main protagonists