on spain’s southern coast, architect elisa valero has completed a simple concrete church amid the trees of a verdant garden. situated south of andalucia’s sierra nevada mountain range, on the alboran sea, the project is defined by a slender tower that emerges from the cuboid church building below. rather than try to do anything too experimental, the architect instead chose to reference ancient christian temples and their use of natural light and tactile materiality.

elisa valero concrete church in playa granada
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in developing the church’s interior, elisa valero worked with natural radiance to symbolically address the theme of the holy trinity. three overhead openings welcome light inside the monolithic edifice: a hidden skylight facing east, which indirectly illuminates the altar; another that creates the from of a cross during sunset; and a third to the south, which brings light into the central nave.

elisa valero concrete church in playa granada
the simple concrete church is set amid the trees of a verdant garden

 

 

the church’s restrained appearance was further influenced by the site’s specific conditions, which dictated that the building (apart from its bell tower) must not exceed a total height of eight meters. the vertical structure is made of double-sided reinforced concrete walls, while the foundations and slabs use ‘elesdopa’ — a double-wall system that offers a high level of thermal insulation. the choice of concrete also has a symbolic value, with the exposed structure seeking to convey a sense of sincerity and sobriety.

elisa valero concrete church in playa granada
the project is defined by a slender tower that emerges from the cuboid church building

elisa valero concrete church in playa granada
the architect chose to reference ancient christian temples and their use of natural light

elisa valero concrete church in playa granada
a hidden skylight indirectly illuminates the altar

elisa valero concrete church in playa granada
an elongated aperture to the south throws light onto the central nave

elisa valero concrete church in playa granada
the exposed concrete structure seeks to convey a sense of sincerity and sobriety

elisa valero concrete church in playa granada
the building’s restrained appearance is further influenced by the site’s specific conditions

elisa valero concrete church in playa granada
the church is situated south of andalucia’s sierra nevada mountain range

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