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.
Mission Church in Floda, Sweden by Kjellgren Kaminsky Architecture
February 21st, 2014 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Kjellgren Kaminsky Architecture
What if we rethink church? What if it wasn’t just a place we go, but something we do? What if church wasn’t just a place to go on Sunday, but helped you have a place to go on Monday?
The Floda Mission Church is an open place where people are welcome to seek help, knowledge, education, entertainment, or simply meet. It sits on a wooden deck offering places for various activities. By working with the duality of the physical space, which can be used by everybody, and the “space” above that exists between the Divine and humanity, the church keeps its sacral ambience although it is by principle a cultural space.
The building consists of two sheared volumes with a semi-public space, “a square”, where the two volumes meet, which can be opened outside. The higher volume contains the (church) hall while the lower one holds utilitarian functions and various meeting rooms. The main part is capable of handling various types of activities and by using movable panels and curtains, it is possible to subdivide the space for 60, 250 and 410 people. The main structural system is based on the pre-fabricated steel frames. This will allow the congregation to build such a large volumes cheap, fast and in a short time.
Throughout the history, all churches were “oriented”. The word “orientation” itself comes from the Latin word “orient”, meaning the East. Such positioning in relation to the east no longer that important. However it is still nice to keep a sense where we are in relation to both local and global context. Therefore a grid based on the four cardinal points generates the rules for various elements of the building, e.g. plans, the floor pattern, the outer wooden deck, the lighting of the church hall, etc.
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