the vertical church is london-based firm, architects of invention (AI)‘s proposal for a competition to renovate the sydhavnen church in copenhagen.

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after analyzing traditional church architecture in copenhagen, architects of invention found a similarity with their horizontal layout despite having tall ceilings and the building itself being tall. the height is never fully taken advantage of in terms of functionality. as a result, the envelope of the angular construction features structural skeleton displaying a fractal patten. this distinctive feature emphasizes the verticality, while creating a play of light in the internal spaces.

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the skin of the building is designed as an  exterior structural skeleton with a fractal pattern

 

 

 

the building would utilize natural materials; wood and concrete. furthermore, the church would serve as a peaceful space for religious ceremonies, and an accessible venue to the community for both during the daytime and night-time, all the while reflecting the industrial past of the site.

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 this new church would be able to  provide operational space for a full range of activities (mass, concert, lectures etc)

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as a vertically inhabited space, the building becomes more flexible

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the building would utliize natural materials; wood and concrete

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at night, the structure is illuminated from within

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the highest point at 49 meters

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concept sketch

 

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