Jánovas no Rebla

River Ara flows through the shire of Sobrarbe

During the Dictatorship a project for a hydroelectric dam marked its future.

Jánovas is placed alongside two crags at the end of the Ara valley. Its position was of great importance for the project so the electric company started the the operation in this area. Assisted with the Establishment and with the opposition of the inhabitants the land was expropriated.

One day, the Spanish Civil Guard entered the school during class and ousted everybody. All the neighbors were thereupon forced to watch how the building was demolished. And so their future. With an unfair payment most of the people left. Some refused but they were harassed during years. The authorities slowly demolished constructions nearby and continued perform intimidating attitudes with the bulldozers.

Fifty years later, the dam was not built and Jánovas is no more than ruins. The sons of the village are trying to heal their memories and amend the damage done to them. The school has been recently rebuilt but people remembers. Jánovas no rebla.


The church is the reference point when the visitor arrives to the village. Its position engages with the environment, the river Ara and the visitor. The aim of this conversation is to encourage the private development of the ruined houses.


The proposal rehabilitates the church into a memorial museum because it holds a strong symbolism. In the former house of the priest we promote a respectful construction to preserve the old archway that was transferred to the neighbor town of Fiscal.


The remain program is shaped as a plinth by benefiting from the terrain slope. The church an the lower level are visually related through a cloister. Around it is developed the social center and the hostel for guests in search of outdoor sports opportunities.


The character of the plinth has to be discrete, so the materials used are locally resourced wood and stone that remind us the origin of Jánovas. The structure is projected with load bearing walls using Romanesque building tradition.

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