In the largest battle of the Spanish Civil War, Nationalists and Republicans fought for more than five months near the town of Corbera d’Ebre. Besides the death of thousands of soldiers on either side, the Battle of the Ebro resulted in the destruction of the town. In the aftermath, it was decided to keep the church atop the hill in its ruined state to serve as a memorial.
In order to better preserve this monument, architect Ferran Vizoso (along with Núria Bordas, Jordi Garriga, and David Garcia) was enlisted to design a canopy for the site. The new canopy protects inhabitants, as well as the church’s masonry, from wind and rain while also moderating temperature. The resulting space is thus between interior and exterior, old and new.