Located in the heart of the Dutch village, Elspeet Church is a small Mennonite religious center that stay true to its culture through its sustainable and traditionally executed design.
Hugo de Clercq of FARO Architecten firm reflects on the past with his team's barn-inspired building concept. The wood-constructed church is based on the idea of hidden worship practised by Mennonites in the past when their people lacked the permission to gather and pray in public.
Disguised as a common barn, the Elspeet Church is a modern take on a traditional architectural ideals strongly associated with the Mennonite culture. The countryside structure lacks any excessive ornamentation but instead highlights age-old building techniques that reveal its linear structural elements made from local wood materials.
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