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Skyscape - Church Competition Entry by WE Architecture
Posted: Monday, March 19, 2012 |

Copenhagen-based firm WE Architecture has shared with us their entry "Skyscape" to the open competition for a new church building in Våler, Norway.

Skyscape, competition entry for a new chruch in Vaaler, Norway by WE Architecture (Image: WE Architecture)

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Skyscape, competition entry for a new chruch in Vaaler, Norway by WE Architecture (Image: WE Architecture)

Project Description from the Architects:

The beautiful Vaaler church from 1805 burnt down in the spring of 2009. We have designed a new church as a symbolic landmark to succeed the old building. The new Vaaler church is placed further east from the placement of the old church, marking the historic axis with its tower. The new building is designed as a simple box where one corner is lifted up in order to point out the church room and the tower. 

The functions are organized in such way that the church is highly flexible regarding alternative use of the building. The entrance hall and the church room are placed alongside each other so that the two spaces can be joined and create one large room for events such as Christmas market or concerts. Inside the church room, the ceiling is composed of a stepping grid construction in wood like an inverted skyscape, letting light into the room.

Representative for the important forestry industry in the municipality of Vaaler, the new monument is to be made of massive timber elements, defining the church as an innovative and ambitious establishment in the local community.

Exterior rendering (Image: WE Architecture)

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Exterior rendering (Image: WE Architecture)

Exterior rendering, night (Image: WE Architecture)

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Exterior rendering, night (Image: WE Architecture)

Interior rendering (Image: WE Architecture)

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Interior rendering (Image: WE Architecture)

Model photo (Image: WE Architecture)

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Model photo (Image: WE Architecture)

Model photo (Image: WE Architecture)

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Model photo (Image: WE Architecture)

Concept diagram (Image: WE Architecture)

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Concept diagram (Image: WE Architecture)

Concept diagram (Image: WE Architecture)

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Concept diagram (Image: WE Architecture)

Site plan (Image: WE Architecture)

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Site plan (Image: WE Architecture)

Project Details:

Name: Skyscape
Asssignment: Open competition
Type: Church
Client: Vaaler Municipality
Place: Vaaler, Norway
Year: 2011
Team: Marc Jay, Julie Schmidt-Nielsen, Nora Fossum, Krystian Dziopek, Karolina Kierner, Mette B. G. Steffensen, Kristian Hindsberg & Casper Berntsen

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Tags for this entry:
europe, norway, church, we architecture, vaaler
Comments:
Randy Hickey, Architect
Houston, Texas, USA
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
This is truly an exceptional, simplistic and graceful solution for worship, public gatherings or solitide reflection for the human spirit's growth, praise or rest of mind. I can see myself sitting being there and having a wonderful and meaningful experience.

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