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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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Joyful Church in Gyeongsangbuk-do, South Korea by The Beck Group

Friday, February 3rd, 2017

Article source: The Beck Group

Joyful Church chose The Beck Group to create a new facility for the church’s growing, vibrant worship and education programs on Sundays and for the church’s many social welfare ministries during the week. The church’s vision was to have a design that expressed a strong symbolic Christian message, but that also used traditional Korean symbols in a fusion of architecture, faith and culture. The location was a 10-acre site in a new town development area of Pohang. This site had many development challenges included steep, wooded hillsides and strict zoning limitations.

Image Courtesy © The Beck Group

  • Architects: The Beck Group (Andrea Kirsten)
  • Project: Joyful Church
  • Location: Gyeongsangbuk-do, South Korea

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Silence as a language – NSN Church in Leiria, Portugal by BICA Arquitectos

Wednesday, December 21st, 2016

Article source: BICA Arquitectos

The church is located in the center of a crowded village. The intervention is based on a building previously constructed, where the interior was unfinished. We started with the idea of “building the silence”. In a world full of noise, the church represents a break, a moment of rest, peace and meditation. The strong spiritual character is present but doesn’t intimidate, it gives a sense of protection. The selection of materials, the way of moulding both natural and artificial light and the absence of images had the purpose of achieving harmony, a primarily condition in order to assure silence.

Image Courtesy © FG+SG Fotografia

Image Courtesy © FG+SG Fotografia

  • Architects: BICA Arquitectos (Célia Faria, Inês Cortesão)
  • Project: Silence as a language – NSN Church
  • Location: Nossa Senhora das Necessidades Church, Chãs. Leiria, Portugal
  • Photography: FG+SG Fotografia 
  • Client: Comissão da Igreja de Chãs
  • Structural Engineer: Manuel Rodrigues Vieira, Mário Rui Gomes Santos
  • Acustic Engineer: João Barrento da Costa
  • Collaboration: Marco dos Santos, Liliana Pereira
  • Intervention Area: 537m2
  • Dates: 2009 – 2012

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Copenhagen Curch in Denmark by Architects of Invention

Friday, November 25th, 2016

Article source: Architects of Invention

This design proposes a church with a vertical emphasis, creating a distilled space for religious ceremonies, and an accessible venue to the community for a variety of activities both day and night. The proposal reflects the industrial past of the site, taking one of Copenhagen’s landmarks – Masterkraanen – as an inspiration.

Image Courtesy © Architects of Invention

Image Courtesy © Architects of Invention

  • Architects: Architects of Invention
  • Project: Copenhagen Curch
  • Location: Sydhavnen, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Team: Anton Khmelnitskiy, Nikoloz Japaridze, Theo Kirn, Jose Lozano, Carlos Hurtado, Albert Serrano, Vano Ksnelashvili
  • Size: 1400 m²
  • Budget: $12 mil
  • Status: Competition

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Holy Ghost Chapel in Managua, Nicaragua by Studio Ricci Architetti

Tuesday, November 8th, 2016

Article source: Studio Ricci Architetti

Spiritual refuge for visitors, perpetual adoration and includes traditional religious ceremonial activities.

The materialization entails 2 moments:

-Cosmic idea

-Physical construction

Genesis 1.2. : “The Spirit of God descending like a dove swept over the face of the waters”.The characteristics of the pigeon are: gentle, tender, graceful, innocent, soft, peaceful, pure, patient, easily grieved or scared and faithful.

The White dove of the Holy Spirit, simple, contemporary, of pure volumes, in harmony by formal contrast to the towers of the existing hospital, joint from the central courtyard; with fluent Access from the main lobby, new lobby, cafeteria, Pediatrics and parking lot, Golden users (wheelchair, among others), can move freely by all internal and external spaces.

Image Courtesy © Carlos Berrios

Image Courtesy © Carlos Berrios

  • Architects: Studio Ricci Architetti
  • Project: Holy Ghost Chapel
  • Location: Managua, Nicaragua
  • Photography: Carlos Berrios
  • Architect in Charge: Donald Ricci
  • Manufacturers: Alfatec, CEMEX, Carpintería Verónica, Gigante Plus, Inés, Sherwing Williams, Sinsa, Solentiname
  • Collaborators: Xavier Largaespada, S. Obregón, Marvin Bojorge, Patricia Benavidez, Ramón Huertas, Marcos Delgadillo.
  • Model: María Dolores Fonseca
  • Area: 125.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2016

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Bellevue First Congregational Church in Washington by atelierjones

Tuesday, October 18th, 2016

Article source: atelierjones

The challenge was to convert a typical multi-tenant office space into a space capable of creating awe. To do this, the architects had to bring life to the existing beige box by breaking it open and allowing the diffuse Northwest light filter in. Historically, light has played a significant role in marking a transcendent space, and this design captures the richness of indirect, cast light reflected off natural surfaces. For the new Bellevue First Congregational Church, the new soaring sanctuary is filled with this indirect light, which subtly changes throughout the day and seasons.

Image Courtesy © atelierjones

Image Courtesy © atelierjones

  • Architects: atelierjones (Susan Jones)
  • Project: Bellevue First Congregational Church
  • Location: Bellevue, Washington, USA
  • Software used: Sketchup, Rhino, Autocad

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MEMORIA – A Sicilian Chruch in Cinisi, Italy by OFL Architecture

Wednesday, September 28th, 2016

Article source: OFL Architecture 

The project for the new Redemptoris Mater parish complex of Cinisi (PA) was conceived as a little campus of religious faith. It is a singular entity of comfortably inhabitable spaces intimately related to each other. The strong spiritual impact of the complex arises from its dialog with its historical, artistic, and social context, and from the holistic deployment of architecture with fundamental building practices for people of today – as it does in the synergy between music and biology, between agriculture and sociology, and between psychology and religion.

Image Courtesy © OFL Architecture

Image Courtesy © OFL Architecture

  • Architects: OFL Architecture
  • Project: MEMORIA – A Sicilian Chruch
  • Location: Cinisi (PA), Italy
  • Client: Arcidiocesi of Monreale and Conferenza Episcopale Italiana
  • Architecture and concept: Francesco Lipari
  • Liturgist: Suor M. Cristina Cruciani
  • Artist: Cesare Inzerillo
  • Team: Eleonora Menichelli, Luca Bullaro, Vanessa Todaro, Gabriel Belli, Sebastian Di Guardo, Marzia Messina, Ilja Burchard, Joshua Mackley, Elif Tan, Ludmilla Cohen
  • Engineering: DOF Engineering
  • Energetic strategies: Fabrizio Pizziconi
  • Lightning studies: Giorgio Butturini
  • Acoustic: Giancarlo Bianchi
  • Ceramic project “Le Pietre di Cinisi”: Ceramiche Bevilacqua
  • Artistic glass project: Gianni Lucchesi
  • Maquette: Lucchetti srl
  • 3D optimization: Arturo Tedeschi
  • Formwork Peri: Marco Tramajoni
  • Concrete Italcementi: Luciano Padalino
  • Area: 9000 sqm
  • Year: 2015

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Qichun Catholic Church in Huanggang Shi, China by Leekostudio

Friday, August 26th, 2016

Article source: Leekostudio 

Qichun Catholic Church is located in Hongshitou Village, Qichun County, Hubei Province, which is a very remote place but with beautiful scenery.

It’s surrounded by mountains and on a peninsula of a lake (it’s actually a fishery farm with qualified water), and the total covered area of the church is 700 square meters. The cost is very limited and almost all the fund is from the government. It is because that Qichun County had a monastery which was built by Italian missionaries before liberation, and it was collected by the government and served as a soldier sanatorium after liberation, and then it was converted into a local hospital, and denouncement meetings were all held here during the Cultural Revolution.

Image Courtesy © Leekostudio

Image Courtesy © Leekostudio

  • Architects: Leekostudio
  • Project: Qichun Catholic Church
  • Location: Huanggang Shi, China
  • Design Team: Li Yikao and Jin Xing
  • Time: 2009
  • Construction Time: From 2010 to 2011

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House of Prayer in Litomyšl, Czech Republic by Fránek Architects and MMcité Design

Sunday, August 21st, 2016

Article source: Fránek Architects and MMcité Design

Construqta – sophisticated beauty of concrete

We enjoy referencing basic construction elements in our designs. Moreover, when you want to design a concrete-made piece of urban furniture, especially if it has to be light, a trussed beam is the right inspiration to opt for. Its maximum strength with minimum materials used spells efficiency. The material used is Ultra-High Performance Concrete (UHPC) and it has little to do with traditional concrete. In addition, it is quite expense so achieving aforementioned efficiency was not easy for us. The design’s form is rather restrained engineering-wise and austere but to fine-tune its functional properties took month to accomplish – a lot longer than we originally anticipated. Finally, we can rejoice. The monumental, almost three metres high piece of high-grade concrete shows its grace from afar. When observed closely, its intriguing and sophisticated geometrical lines come into play.

Image Courtesy © Jakub Skokan, Martin Tůma / Boysplaynice

Image Courtesy © Jakub Skokan, Martin Tůma / Boysplaynice

  • Architects: Fránek Architects and MMcité Design
  • Project: House of Prayer
  • Location: Litomyšl, Czech Republic
  • Photography: Jakub Skokan, Martin Tůma / Boysplaynice
  • Completion: 2009 – 2010

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Lgreja de Várzea in Felgueiras, Portugal by Fcc arquitectura

Sunday, August 7th, 2016

Article source: Fcc arquitectura 

The old church, built by the hands of the people for more than 30 years ago has been recovered, making it more functional, modern and wide, improving the acoustics and the comfort of space. It was intended to build a new church within the old.

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

  • Architects: Fcc arquitectura
  • Project: Lgreja de Várzea
  • Location: S. Jorge de Várzea, Felgueiras, Portugal
  • Photography: Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
  • Software used: Autocad
  • Project starts: February 2008
  • Starts of works: May 2008
  • End of the works: October 2008

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