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Church of St. Wenceslas in Sazovice, Czech Republic by Atelier Štěpán

Monday, September 18th, 2017

Article source: Atelier Štěpán 

Church of St. Wenceslas in Sazovice is a modern rotunda and contemporary architecture built on conservative principles from Moravian architectural office Atelier Štěpán. The idea of building a church in Sazovice dates from the interwar period. In 2011 the people of Sazovice brought the idea again and founded the association of church building. The first important task was to find a particular location, which would help to amplify the spiritual sense of church. According to the masterplan, we discovered 4 possible sites for the building. Only one of them was in the heart of Sazovice perfectly linked with the surrounding building structure and its social connections.

Image Courtesy © Jakub Skokan And Martin Tůma / BoysPlayNice

  • Architects: Atelier Štěpán 
  • Project: Church of St. Wenceslas
  • Location: Sazovice, Czech Republic
  • Photography: Jakub Skokan, Martin Tůma / BoysPlayNice
  • Client: The Association of Church Building in Sazovice
  • Author: Marek Jan Štěpán / Atelier Štěpán
  • Cooperation: František Brychta, Jan Martínek, Tomáš Jurák, Jan Vodička, Hana Kristková
  • Interior wall decoration: Vladimír Kokolia
  • Contractor: Stavad s.r.o.
  • Project: 2012–2015
  • Realization: 2015–2017

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Housing at St. Sebastian Church in Münster, Germany by BOLLES+WILSON

Friday, September 8th, 2017

Article source: BOLLES+WILSON

In 2009 BOLLES+WILSON won the 1st prize for housing and a kindergarten on the site of the 1960ies St Sebastian Church. It was expected that the emblematic oval form of the church be demolished. Instead the kindergarten colonized the nave. It was opened in 2013 – a much published reuse with interior green weather protected play decks.

Image Courtesy © Roman Mensing

  • Architects: BOLLES+WILSON (Prof. Julia Bolles-Wilson, Peter Wilson)
  • Project: Housing at St. Sebastian Church
  • Location: Hammer Straße 131-135, 48153 Münster, Deutschland, Germany
  • Photography: Peter Wilson, Roman Mensing
  • Client: Wohn+Stadtbau GmbH
  • Construction Supervision: Klaus Kuchenbuch
  • Project Leader: Christoph Lammers
  • Building Costs: 7.7 Mio Euro

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Saint Joseph In The Woods – Conversion And Renovation in RENON, Italy by MESSNER ARCHITECTS

Thursday, August 31st, 2017

Article source: MESSNER ARCHITECTS 

The church in Stella is an appreciated spiritual place for people from far and wide, not least because it is located along the popular Sigmund Freud path in the alpine woods at 1300 m.a.s.l.

The conversion and renovation of the building dating back to the fifties is aimed at reevaluating the existing structure and making it more attractive. The main focus of the modification is in achieving a friendly and inviting atmosphere and a well-defined architectural structure.

Image Courtesy © Davide Perbellini

  • Architects: MESSNER ARCHITECTS
  • Project: Saint Joseph In The Woods – Conversion And Renovation
  • Location: RENON,  Italy
  • Photography: Davide Perbellini

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Dennis Hurley Centre (DHC) in Durban, South Africa by Ruben Reddy Architects

Sunday, June 4th, 2017

Article source: Ruben Reddy Architects

Denis Hurley fought for equality of all and social justice.  In 1951, at age 31, he became the youngest Catholic bishop in the world and the archbishop of Durban. He retired as archbishop in 1992, becoming chancellor of the University of Natal from 1993 to 1998. He continued to work as parish priest of Emmanuel Cathedral well into his eighties.  He was an outspoken opponent of apartheid and a driving force in a 1957 declaration by the bishops of South Africa that described apartheid as “intrinsically evil”.   Archbishop Denis Hurley dedicated a great part of his live to defend the rights of the underprivileged, in an extremely difficult and politically turbulent period in the history of this country. The Denis Hurley Centre strives to continue the legacy of Archbishop Denis Hurley.

Image Courtesy © Ruben Reddy Architects

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Saint Father Brochero Chapel in Cordoba, Argentina by Federico Ochoa

Friday, June 2nd, 2017

Article source: Federico Ochoa

How to build a chapel in honor of a saint without falling into literal reminiscences?

This was the starting point and the biggest challenge of designing a chapel for the first Argentine saint. The most logical solution was, “designing with Brocherian spirit, folowing the values ​​and the intentions of the priest but without falling in morphologic repetitions”.

Image Courtesy © Federico Ochoa

  • Architects: Federico Ochoa
  • Project: Saint Father Brochero Chapel
  • Location: Cordoba, Argentina

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Bosjes Chapel in Western Cape, South Africa by Steyn Studio

Tuesday, May 30th, 2017

Article source: Steyn Studio 

The new chapel, set within a vineyard in South Africa, is designed by South-African born Coetzee Steyn of London based Steyn Studio. Its serene sculptural form emulates the silhouette of surrounding mountain ranges, paying tribute to the historic Cape Dutch gables dotting the rural landscapes of the Western Cape. Constructed from a slim concrete cast shell, the roof supports itself as each undulation dramatically falls to meet the ground. Where each wave of the roof structure rises to a peak, expanses of glazing adjoined centrally by a crucifix adorn the façade.

Image Courtesy © Adam Letch

  • Architects: Steyn Studio
  • Project: Bosjes Chapel
  • Location: Bosjes Farm, Witzenberg District, Western Cape, South Africa
  • Photography: Adam Letch
  • Software used: Rhino, Revit, Autodesk Inventor
  • Project architect: TV3 Architects (South Africa)
  • Furniture Design: Liam Mooney Studio
  • Contractor: Longworth & Faul
  • Structural engineer: Henry Fagan & Partners
  • Mechanical & Electrical engineer: Solution Station
  • Quantity surveyor: De Leeuw
  • Planning consultant: Ron Brunings

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Rural Church / Community hall in Mijinji Distric, Malawi by Architecture for a change (pty)ltd

Sunday, May 21st, 2017

Article source: Architecture for a change (pty)ltd

The community of Chimphamba have been gathering for years in a church building that was near to collapse. The community has also outgrown the dilapidated building.

As part of Youth of Malawi’s involvement in the village in Chimphamba they discussed the possibility of erecting a new space for community gatherings. These types of public buildings are extremely important in rural communities, as they must facilitate regular community gatherings to discus important matters such as food security, community challenges etc. Along with the chiefs of the village, Youth of Malawi asked A4AC to design and manage the build of a new church / community hall.

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  • Architects: Architecture for a change (pty)ltd
  • Project: Rural Church / Community hall
  • Location: Chimphamba village, Mijinji Distric, Malawi
  • Lead architect: Dirk Coetser
  • Client: Youth of Malawi
  • Consultants: Engineer: Ashley Fransman
  • Budget: 35 000 USD
  • Built Area (m2 or sqft), Internal area: 145sqm
  • Completion Year: Early 2017

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The Closest Church in Gyeonggi-do, Korea by Heesoo Kwak and IDMM Architects

Tuesday, April 11th, 2017

Article source: IDMM Architects

Buildings of the Gimpo new town, where everything looks as new, clean and as fresh as fishes caught in a milk bottle. Well-structured roads and districts look like a checkerboard that has never been used. Through local communities, this place is where ordinary lives and sentiments have just started to settle down and will attempt to engage with different urban cultures and establish its own identity. The closest church is sitting on a corner site of Unyang-dong, Gimpo. Words like corner, edge and vertex connote the existence of more than one live or surface. The church has a facade divided by two conflicting with each other at the vertex of the site. One is a solid and fragmented concrete, proposed by considering the relationship with apartment residents, and the other is a transparent glass that open views to the vast park and also to the church’s worship services. The chapel structured like the bleachers is designed to increase the capacity of the space built on a compact site. Small rooms are positioned behind of the inclined surface of the bleachers and on the top section of it so that the church can make the best use of its space. Especially the outside stairs connecting the ground and the rooftop works as an important element defining the exterior of church, and the vivid movement of its users makes the church’s architectural statement more dynamic. The rooftop space which can host outdoor worship services is open for church communities as well as for locals. The closest church is a place of worship, a cultural venue and public architecture for the local apartment community which was being choked by commercialism. A rooftop cross can’t be found here, but here the cross is leaning on the wall and speaking with a humble voice. Big resonance stirs among listeners rather than among speakers who deliver a moving story, and the sublimity dwell in intimacy not in hierarchy. The cross descended onto the earth will cast a shadow like a shaded tree and will share a story of life with people on the street.

Image Courtesy © Kyungsub Shin

  • Architects: Heesoo Kwak and IDMM Architects
  • Project: The Closest Church
  • Location: 1300-13, Unyang-dong, Gimpo-si, Gyeonggi-do, Korea
  • Photography: Kyungsub Shin
  • Structure: RC
  • Site area: 929.3m²
  • Building area: 464.43m²
  • Gross floor area: 2,328.67m²
  • Height: 29.9m
  • Completion: Mar. 2015

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St John’s Church in New Zealand by MOAA Architects

Sunday, April 9th, 2017

Article source: MOAA Architects

St John’s Church replaced the original church building dating from 1910.

The new church is a single space, square in plan, and rotated 9 degrees off axis. The interior is defined by a glulam pine structure. Divided into 5 equal bays, the space between each structural grid consists of either glass or larch battens.

Image Courtesy © MOAA Architects

  • Architects: MOAA Architects
  • Project: St John’s Church
  • Location: New Zealand
  • Software used: ArchiCAD

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Jose María Escriva Church in Mexico City by Sordo Madaleno Arquitectos

Sunday, April 9th, 2017

Article source: Sordo Madaleno Arquitectos 

Located on a reclaimed urban site in Santa Fe; the Josemaría Escrivá Church and Community Center is built around the relationship between architecture and light. The design concept began with the repetition of seven golden rectangles, over which are traced two curved lines that refer to the traditional Ichthus or fish symbol. These rise up in straight lines set on a diagonal to form a Cross of Light. On the outside, this geometric union forms two curved mantles clad with zinc panels. These generate interesting textures as the sun moves during the day. On the inside, the walls are clad with strips of wood that adapt to the curved walls that rise up without touching and allow light to enter .

Image Courtesy © Timothy Hursley

  • Architects: Sordo Madaleno Arquitectos
  • Project: Jose María Escriva Church
  • Location: Mexico City
  • Photography: Timothy Hursley
  • Construction Area: 4,671 m2

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