The New Church of Valer References Religion in Form and Concept

 - Apr 18, 2013
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It's exceptional, how loaded the New Church of Valer is with religious symbolism. Proposed for a site in the southeast of Norway, this Christian sanctuary has been designed to exude strong theological references by a number of means.

First of all, the cruciform shape and the sloping roof make the building look like a colossal cross being hoisted up towards the sky. This floor plan facilitates a logical program inside of the house of worship, and is actually one that was common in the architecture of medieval cathedrals.

CEBRA chose wood as the predominant material for the New Church of Valer, again eluding to Jesus' crucifixion. Moments of darkness and the flooding of sunlight generate magnificence within the spaces.