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.
Elements in Røldal, Norway by WE architecture
March 13th, 2012 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: WE architecture
Elements is a Pilgrim Center located in a scenic mountain landscape in Western Norway. Elements is a visitors’ center in close connection to the wooden church, “Røldalstavkirke”, from the 13th century. RøldalStavkirke is one of the best preserved wooden churches in Norway and the church is the most frequent pilgrimage destination in the country. In order not to conflict with the church, the pilgrim center was fragmented into 4 boxes, stepping down into the landscape and given 4 completely different characters. The boxes are placed on the site so that they relate to the old church either by facing the latter or by creating outdoor space which is oriented towards it.
The various boxes, comprising respectively Exhibition space, Lobby space, Administration offices and Parish house, relate to a specific element in the surroundings: the church, the snow, the mountains and the sky. The choice of materials reflects the difference in the contained functions and character of each box , enhancing them as a separate volumes in the landscape.
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