Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
Mennonite Church in Elspeet, The Netherlands by FARO Architecten (designed using Arkey)
November 8th, 2011 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: FARO Architecten
Design a church according to the traditional Mennonite principles: a sustainable building, with the user in mind and a space for gathering and meeting. The first Mennonite churches were hidden and inconspicuous; simple places of congregation around the bible. The interiors were sober and as pure as possible. No distraction or ornaments in order to enhance concentration and togetherness. The new church on Mennorode refers to that time.
The building has one large characteristic space where whitewood rafters set the tone. A widening in the middle of the building gives this barn-like church a contemporary look. A narrow entrance opens up into a wide gathering space with a glass facade. A knack in the roof and the wall models this transition. An outdoor church has been added and allows open air gatherings when the weather is good.
The new church will be used for gatherings and other church functions. Hospitality is very important. The church will be open all day and everybody is welcome to walk in and visit. A special corner has been created for reflection, quietness and meditation.
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