CEBRA: new church of valer, norway
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apr 17, 2013
CEBRA: new church of valer, norway


‘new church of valer’ by CEBRA, valer, norway
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the old church of valer, a small town in the southeast of norway, burned down in 2009 and has left a void in a cultural-historical site.
copenhagen-based firm CEBRA has created a proposal for its replacement derived from obvious religious symbolism as a leaning cross that rises from the
ground. light and wood become the two most important building materials, merging a long standing norwegian construction history with the quality
of sacred spaces required of a place of worship. the particular shape of the cross also serves the building’s program as appropriately as it does
metaphorically – an inhabitable ‘stairway to heaven’. the new wooden structure is built on the opposite side of a central walkway from the location
of the original chapel, where only the foundation remains in ruins. it creates a threshold between the cemetery and birch grove, and re-utilizes the
original footprint as a reflecting pool, reactivating and respecting its history.

 

the interior and exterior use natural light as the other fundamental building block of space. a combination of orientation, camera oscura, prisms,
and peg mirrors capture and refract light to properly illuminate liturgical proceedings and ceremonies. the light that falls upon the wooden interior
breathes life into the program and gives depths to the halls, it is the soul to the structure’s body.

 

‘light and wood, heaven and earth, the vertical and the horizontal create in interaction with the overall design of the proposal, the framework for
ecclesiastic ceremonies, and events for the community in and around the new church in våler.’ – CEBRA

 


original church turned into a reflecting pool
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entry
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main hall
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view from the balcony
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nave
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reinterpreted apse
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full article here

 

 

project info:

 

 

name: ny våler kirke
commission: private
type: competition entry
client: vaaler parish council
location: hovedveien, våler, no
year: 2011 – closed
purpose: church
surface area: 11.840 sq. ft.

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