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.
New Church of Våler Proposal in Norway by Francesco Fiotti (designed with 3DS Max)
April 19th, 2012 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Francesco Fiotti
Our proposal for the New Church of Våler is placed in the southern part of the project area in continuity with the ancient church, attempting to recover not only the orientation of it, but also the memory. The proposed design refers at the boat: the boat as a symbol of Christianity that welcomes and protects within it the faithful; the Drakkar as tribute at the exploratory tradition of the Norwegian people.
The building consists of two main sections: in the first one is situated the church room and its main functions such as baptism, funerals, choir, sacristy; in the second one are located the church square and other services such as info point, cloakroom, wc, storage, technical room.
The main entrance to the church is located to west, by following the “PATH OF MEMORY” that represents the pathway through the old church. The services are located in the lateral side, in continuity with the church room, with a main entrance from the north through the new parking lot. The church square is projected outward up to forest creating the sequence: CHURCH SQUARE COVERED – CHURCH SQUARE DISCOVERED – WOODS.
The structure is entirely made of lamellar wood with beams all visible from the inside the church. Along the south side, the cover is lifted from the ground to form a window that opens on the lawn and the woods.
The project includes a non-traditional bell tower, that we called “DIFFUSE BELL TOWER”. The bells with different tones are in located at the top of the last 3 beams, that define the open church square on the east side. These are also used as support for the outside illumination through strips of led with warm tones placed along the intrados of each element, in continuity with the covered church square’s illumination.
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