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The World’s Hippest Seminary

Tasked with renovating a 15th century monastery, these architects broke out the fluorescent paint and neon crosses.

The World’s Hippest Seminary
Andres Jaque Arquitectos

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Andres Jaque Arquitectos has just completed a seminary renovation that would inspire envy among any rock star or nightclub owner.

The seminary of the Plasencia Diocese in Spain had been operating out of two buildings, from the 15th and 19th century. But as the community services of the diocese has grown, they’ve found themselves pinched for space. And the old architecture itself was geared to keeping priests and students apart from the communities they served–there weren’t spaces to provide a more neutral middle ground. So Andres Jaque Arquitectos responded not by scrapping the old digs, but joined them up, with a new 12,500 square foot extension. The new building now has a combined 57,000 square feet, including gardens on the ground level on the roof, 21 apartments for the priests and seminarians, and a slew of meeting rooms and recreation areas to serve the flock.

Andres Jaque Arquitectos

Andres Jaque Arquitectos

Andres Jaque Arquitectos

Andres Jaque Arquitectos

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Cliff was director of product innovation at Fast Company, founding editor of Co.Design, and former design editor at both Fast Company and Wired.

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