jaja architects' church redefines the identity of sola, norway

jaja architects' church redefines the identity of sola, norway

sola church: a new gathering space

 

copenhagen-based design practice jaja architects has completed a new church in the town of sola, norway. designed for both spiritual congregations and as a social gathering space, this religious structure redefines the identity of the small town. the final composition takes shape as a horizontal base made of concrete, which carries two wood-clad building volumes. the largest one, the nave, is placed as a direct extension of the main street assembling a plaza that welcomes the believers and passers-by. 

jaja architects' church redefines the identity of sola, norway

image by sindre ellingsen

all other images by rasmus hjortshøj/coast studio

 

 

when light plays with art

 

located at the end of the main street, the sola church is perceived as a gathering hub for the city, opening up to its surroundings. the design team at jaja architects started with a symmetrical clear form to provide visitors with a calm and balanced experience. in an attempt to form a sacred and poetic atmosphere, they shifted their attention to lighting enhancement. 

 

above the altar, a huge brass sculpture by local artist marie buskov hovers, giving a fine and holy touch. along with the art piece, the louvered windows testifies how light plays with art. a composition of cuts in the sloping wooden slats in combination with the stained glass filters the daylight that penetrates the roof and fills the sacred space with diffused illumination. on days with a clear sky, the room is filled with stripes of colored light, adding the church a spiritual atmosphere. the sun lets the colors wander through the room, and when it goes down, the room returns to its serene form. and the illumination from inside, makes the church stand out, as a lighthouse for the city. 

 

jaja architects' church redefines the identity of sola, norway

jaja architects' church redefines the identity of sola, norway
brass sculpture by local artist marie buskov

jaja architects' church redefines the identity of sola, norway
the north wall of the main nave is designed with a gradual filtration of the daylight providing depth and a clear direction

sola-church-jaja-architects-norway-designboom-21800

jaja architects' church redefines the identity of sola, norway
detail of the cuts in the wooden slats

 

 

1/6
louvered windows allow ambient light to filter through
louvered windows allow ambient light to filter through
forming a sacred and poetic atmosphere
forming a sacred and poetic atmosphere
jaja architects’ church redefines the identity of sola, norway
 
jaja architects’ church redefines the identity of sola, norway
 
a continuous green park as a backdrop
a continuous green park as a backdrop
jaja architects’ church redefines the identity of sola, norway
 

project info:

 

name: sola church
architects: jaja architects and brandsberg dahl
design team: jakob christensen, jan tanaka, kathrin gimmel, stephen dietz-hodgson, sam de boever, kaspar dettinger, sara patriksson, pawel furmanowski

size: 1,600 sqm
location: sola, norway
client: sola municipality
status: built 2021

photography: rasmus hjortshøj/coast studio

ARCHITECTURE IN NORWAY (155)

CHURCH ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN (210)

DBINSTAGRAM (2064)

JAJA ARCHITECTS (7)

PRODUCT LIBRARY

a diverse digital database that acts as a valuable guide in gaining insight and information about a product directly from the manufacturer, and serves as a rich reference point in developing a project or scheme.

designboom will always be there for you

milan, new york, beijing, tokyo,  since 1999
X
5