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.
Estonian Methodist Church in Tallinn, Estonia by AB Künnapu & Padrik
May 31st, 2013 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: AB Künnapu & Padrik
The two-storey building is sculptural, slightly resembling a ship, with a subtle scale. There is a small piazza and an awning in front of the entrance. The crystal-shaped church hall seats 720, and a slender wedge-like spire emerges from it. The curved “tail” contains a common room, theological seminary classes, library, students´ sleeping quarters, offices etc. It is a powerful solution to the rear part of the building.
The building of the Methodist Church, started in 1994, coincided with the wave of church restoration and reconstruction after the newly regained independence. Because of financial difficulties, the building was halted for several years. The church is located on the borderline between the city and the suburb of Kadriorg on the busy Narva Road, and with its sloping pyramidal tower lends a new appearance to the junction.
The nave beneath the tower is adjoined by a curved two-floored block of auxiliary rooms clad in limestone slabs, accommodating a Bible School, a library and a hostel. The vertically converging nave is lit by a glass window from above. As was typical of the 1990s architecture, shifted formal syntax and sculpturally interlocking masses have been used; with its reference to the sacred, it does its best to consider the contemporary architectural setting.
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