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Sustainable Wooden Churches

The 'Excelsior' Parish in Norway Offers a Modern and Ecological Design

— June 21, 2016 — Art & Design
Snøhetta is the architectural firm behind the modern and ecological design of the 'Excelsior' church in Norway. The building's facade will incorporate a merging of both traditional and contemporary aesthetics with an innovative exterior made of sustainable wood material. The unconventional design offers a collaboration of old and new church designs that provides a functional place for modern learning and practice.

The 'Excelsior' church builds off of an existing space that dates back to the 1800s. Snøhetta's team updates the design with an angular and asymmetrical perimeter that is updated with wooden panelling both along the sides and roof. The roof is a merging of dish wooden sheets that create a ripped effect when seen from an aerial perspective. Though a departure from antiquated stone, the 'Excelsior' church remains a functional space for traditional religious services.

Photo Credits: designboom, snohetta
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