I was asked by a missionary to provide an architectural concept for a future church in the Bolivian jungle, four days away from civilisation. The church will be voluntarily built by the locals.
This entry was posted on February 13, 2014 by Marcus Crassus. It was filed under Architecture and was tagged with Bolivia SDA Church, Contemporary Church Bolivia, Gothic reinterpretation, Jungle Church.
Lovely concept, what drove the form?
February 13, 2014 at 1:45 pm
I started with a ‘roman cross’ plan, integrating the functions (place of worship, small guests room, committee room and children room). The pastor who asked me to do the concept was keen on gothic architecture, and wanted something to evoke it; so I focused on vertical repetitive elements in two different layers: first one – the wood structure which contains the main space (evoking gothic columns), second one – an additional lower self-supporting structure (evoking supple gothic buttresses). However, there’s a limited similarity; I wanted a small modern project, in which history is used only as a metaphor.
On the inside – the minimal detailing is consistent with the protestant and the carthesian humanistic heritage of the sda denomination. No circularity and reflection on the everchanging nature of the Universe as in oriental thought; everything is rational, history is liniar, heading towards the glorious end (the white panel in front, suitable for projections).
February 13, 2014 at 2:03 pm
Here’s another similar project, a competition entry featuring a different conceptual approact – https://mcrassus.wordpress.com/2012/11/08/spiritual-d-2012-entry/
February 13, 2014 at 2:05 pm
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