Lighting of the Church of San Vicenç in the Cardona Castle.


Agència Catalana del Patrimoni Cultural


The church of San Vicenç, located in the walled enclosure of Cardona Castle, is one of the best examples of early Catalan Romanesque architecture. It is a historic religious building that has lost its liturgical function, so the lighting project should focus on achieving greater illumination on the ground level, especially in the central nave, where public events are held.

On the other hand, the image of the historic space must be preserved. It is impossible to carry out the work without the use of modern-day gadgets, but there are ways to achieve the aim by adapting the lighting to the symmetry of the space and designing luminaires or supports that fit in visually. This allows for more balanced lighting, thus achieving a more reliable representation of the space without sharp breaks in lighting in the different planes. The project meets the needs of the guided tours, both in the more functional aspects such as the lighting of the entrances to the church and the choir, and in the more spectacular highlights on the original floor of the right aisle or the crypt .

Work carried out: Lighting design, production and assembly.

Photographs: Álvaro Valdecantos.

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