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2019 AIA Florida Design Awards

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Monasterio San José

Merit Award | The Test of Time

Monasterio San José

Merit Award | The Test of Time

Designed by Marvel Marchand Architects.

The design of the convent is a strong horizontal mass sitting on top of the hill with three vertical elements in the bell tower of the chapel and the two water towers rising from the central cloister. It has three levels, each with a special purpose. The lowest houses the practical elements of their life: kitchen, dining, laundry and entrance. The middle level contains the academic, instructional, administrative areas; and cells for sleeping are located on the highest and most private level. The austere life of the nuns is expressed in the basic materials of the building. Exposed concrete finishes were used throughout the complex and wood is sparingly used in handrails and cabinets.

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