Fossar Vell Restoration

Studio: Marià Castelló
Authors: Marià Castelló
Location: Formentera, Spain
Video: Alfredo Montero & Marià Castelló

General aspects: Sant Francesc Xavier’s old Cemetery was the last home for the local people of Formentera who inhabited the island between 1757 and 1938. It is a building of a slightly distorted square sole of 22 meters sideways delimited by a masonry wall two meters high. Its interior includes five funeral chapels, an ossuary, a warehouse and an enclosure for other remains.

Despite being selective and not very extensive, the intervention has sought the construction to be genuine and easily identifiable, strengthening the building with the few original materials, but leaving visible all that patina left by the time.
The historical and archaeological study carried out in the building has provided the guidelines of some of the project solutions. Thus, it was decided to put the coat of traditional lime glazing only over the exterior part of the walls and the chapels which were built after 1838, i.e. after the extension of the original enclosure (1757-1838). This image graphically reveals how the frontispiece of the access was centered in the southeastern facade of the original enclosure.

To achieve greater visual permeability even when the building is closed, as well as to obtain a greater depth and protection of those who access it, This door is one of the most recognizable parts of the intervention and is not free of charge, since its permeability and lightness shows how simple it is to cross the threshold of life. The ephemeral of our existence.

Why did you choose this category?: The intervention completed in 2016 has returned to the people of Formentera a space that has remained walled for decades despite being in the heart of the village of Sant Francesc Xavier. The building now allows visitors to reflect on the origin of the current population of the island, as well as offer a space from where to know the Heritage and the History of our island.