The design concept that we propose for the building is distinguished by its minimalism, which recalls the function of the space and the spirit and essence of the existing church. Visually, the bell tower is constructed from a fragmentation of the facade, with a volume that would have seemingly slid upward. This arrangement creates a small covered forecourt at the entrance of the building as well as a housing for the church bell in this new overhead structure. The metal exterior finish of the roof and walls shows material continuity, while the main facade and bell tower are clad in wood giving them a warm and inviting appearance.
Outside, the rhythm of the window placement is a nod to the existing building.
The building’s interior is uncluttered, all the while articulating elements that allow for the memory of the existing church. The stained-glass windows of the existing church will be reused and attached to the front of a window that surmounts the altar. The tall narrow windows are intended to bring more light into the building.
Their position near the corners of the room helps to diffuse more light on the walls and into the interior space, making the atmosphere of the place warmer and more welcoming.