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.
Spire in Våler, Norway by Visiondivision
March 27th, 2012 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Visiondivision
The church in the small town of Våler in Norway burned down and a competition was held to build a new one. We joined the competition with the following entry. It is in the rural church that the people in a village is experiencing its most emotional moments; this is where the kids run out on the last day of school, it is here you get married and it is here you bid farewell to your loved ones.
When the church in the village went up in flames, it meant that an important function and a prominent landmark disappeared, it left a void which in a small village Våler becomes particularly apparent. You can however be positive about the new opportunity that has occurred; that a new church to be built and that the village gets a well-much needed addition to their identity. We imagine a wooden Scandinavian country church that will be situated on the edge of the site and that will be clearly visible from all over town.
The courtyard has a water mirror that parts the courtyard and almost all drainage of the house run down in the pond, which creates a small waterfall when it rains. The nave is classically designed with a center aisle and the room can easily be divided for smaller gatherings. The idea is that although there is a small gathering, you still will experience the finest room. The floors are an important part of the church and the rooms are defined by different woods and designs, more intricate for more impressive rooms. The tower room, for example, has wide planks that follow the natural tree trunk angle and forming a radiating pattern from the center of the room.
The tower is the most important symbol of the church and it is here that the church is very different from other country churches. With a simple steel construction with wooden boards you get with a relatively small budget the world’s highest church. If the budget does not allow, so the height can be lowered considerably without losing its character and still become Scandinavia’s tallest church, which now is Uppsala cathedral which was built about 1892 to a height of 118.7 meters.