The site understood as an urban scenery of the memory where different temporary strata overlap and remind us every day that cities are living organisms in constant transformation.
The urban morphology of the old town of Tarragona has as a foundation the roman urban structure, which is still present and organizes inhabitants life’s.
The Plaça del Rei square arises as a result of a medieval transformation of the roman square Concilium Provinciae, an urban space that occupied the mid terrace of the Acropolis of the city.
At the beginning of the 19th century, in a postwar context, was born in this multitemporal square the modern church of the Santíssima Trinitat, a baroque church reconstructed over the original building, that was destroyed by the general Suchet army before leaving the city, at the end of the French war.
For the restoration of the façades we propose an intervention that respect the current morphological structure of the monument, considering his austerity as a value, as a result of his circumstances along the history.
The intervention is based on discover the different constructive layers and the most singular elements of the church. The project also wants to return the symbolic meaning to the façades discovering different elements and openings that were hidden.
In a second phase of intervention, it is proposed to incorporate in the restoration of the church the representation of the Themenos provincial roman forum pilasters rhythm on the facade wall of Santa Anna’s street, pretending with this pedagogical intervention of temporal superposition that the roman Tarraco square structure become more visible and understandable.
architects: NUA arquitectures.
technical architect: Josep Anguera.
promoter: Església de la Trinitat i Diputació de Tarragona.
construction company: Rècop, restauracions arquitectòniques.
awards: Premi extraordinari Alejandro de la Sota 1997-2017 i 1er premi ex-aequo en la categoria de restauració, rehabilitació i reforma de la X Mostra d’Arquitectura de Tarragona. Finalista VI Programa Arquia/próxima de la Fundació Arquia, 'Prácticas Relevantes', 2018.