“The Treehugger” has an amazing article about a very special church conversion for skateboarders


Whether it’s converting a gas station into a cultural center or a Walmart into a public library, there have been many notable examples of adaptive reuse in architecture, where derelict or disused buildings are remade to serve some new function. It’s beneficial as the greenest building is one that is already standing, and it can give new life and purpose to not just a building, but the surrounding communities in such cases.

Case in point: the 100-year-old abandoned church of Santa Barbara in Llanera, Asturias, Spain has recently been converted into a new kind of temple — a public skatepark and a place for colourful art. Seen over at Designboom, Spanish artist “Okuda” San Miguelcovered the walls and ceilings of this old church into an eye-popping experience with plenty of spiritually uplifting iconography. Watch this video interview with the artist and see the new space

full article and loads more pictures at:The Treehugger