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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
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.

Catholic Suzuka Church in Japan by ALPHAVILLE Architects Co., Ltd.

 
May 3rd, 2018 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: ALPHAVILLE Architects Co., Ltd.

Responding to a dramatic growth in the foreign Catholic community in Suzuka, a new religious space is needed not only for worships but also social interactions. The Catholic Suzuka Church, presented by the Alphaville Architects, is an integration of multiple functions including a chapel, a community hall and residences for priests. Located in Suzuka, where the HONDA motor industry bases, the presented project is sitting on the cross junction of two major streets, with one being a newly built motorway and the remaining one being an ancient road connecting Tokyo and Osaka since Edo period.

Image Courtesy © Toshiyuki Yano

  • Architects: ALPHAVILLE Architects Co., Ltd. (Kentaro Takeguchi + Asako Yamamoto)
  • Project: Catholic Suzuka Church
  • Location: Suzuka, Mie, Japan
  • Photography: Toshiyuki Yano
  • Main Contructor: Matsui Contrtaction Co., Ltd.
  • Project Team: Tomohisa Koike
  • Structural Engineer: Takashi Manda
  • Site Area: 1619.53 m2
  • Building Area: 839.51 m2
  • Total Floor Area: 1588.85 m2

Image Courtesy © Toshiyuki Yano

The project features an expressive roof which wraps up all the functional spaces. It is shaped as multiple diagonal arches overlapping each other with gaps. This was inspired by the stunning mountain scape surrounding the city, and reminds citizens of the natural elegance.

Image Courtesy © Toshiyuki Yano

Image Courtesy © Toshiyuki Yano

To handle crowds on Sundays, the whole volume is lifted to maximize the car parking space underneath without shrinking the other functional areas. The roof is split into pieces every five meters – referring to the parking lot module – for skylights to introduce the southern natural light to the interiors. Connected by two gently inclined staircases, the pilotis and the entrance lobbies on the second floor define a plaza for social events and buffering from the heavily motorized city.

Image Courtesy © Toshiyuki Yano

Image Courtesy © Toshiyuki Yano

Referring to the “Nori’s figure/ground theory”, the lobby is designed as an extension of the city pathways, manipulating relationships among the “inside-out” spaces converging at the church that allow easy approaches.

With its lively gesture, this project surpasses precedents with enhanced accessibility, translating worships into daily-life philosophy and bridges mankind to the holy with falls of natural light.

Image Courtesy © Toshiyuki Yano

Image Courtesy © Toshiyuki Yano

Image Courtesy © Toshiyuki Yano

Image Courtesy © Toshiyuki Yano

Image Courtesy © Toshiyuki Yano

Image Courtesy © Toshiyuki Yano

Image Courtesy © Toshiyuki Yano

Image Courtesy © Toshiyuki Yano

Image Courtesy © Toshiyuki Yano

Image Courtesy © Toshiyuki Yano

Image Courtesy © Toshiyuki Yano

Image Courtesy © Toshiyuki Yano

Image Courtesy © ALPHAVILLE Architects Co., Ltd.

Image Courtesy © ALPHAVILLE Architects Co., Ltd.

Image Courtesy © ALPHAVILLE Architects Co., Ltd.

Image Courtesy © ALPHAVILLE Architects Co., Ltd.

Image Courtesy © ALPHAVILLE Architects Co., Ltd.

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