© Thibaut Dini
The former monastery and its expansion clad in sheet copper constitute a new, unified building that displays an impressively poetic aura. Combined they house the “Maison Territoire” – a cultural centre with library, media centre, exhibition areas and event spaces. Its cubage corresponds to the former northern tract of the monastery. As a result, the old convent of Saint-François in Sainte-Lucie-de-Tallano once more permits spatially experiencing it. The ensemble comprising church and cloister tract was built in the late 15th century along the fringes of a mountain village in Corsica’s south. Following secularization, changing worldly functions succeeded each other. Eventually, longer-term vacancy set in. In 1980 the church and the remainder of the deteriorating monastery became an historically listed building.