crystalline projections define moneo brock-designed church in monterrey
 
crystalline projections define moneo brock-designed church in monterrey crystalline projections define moneo brock-designed church in monterrey
oct 13, 2016

crystalline projections define moneo brock-designed church in monterrey

 

in the city of monterrey, mexico, architectural design firm moneo brock has constructed an almost polygonal church that arches into the sky in a number of crystal-like projections. the church, called ‘el señor de la misericordia’, sits at the center of a new urban development in the city, and is dramatically framed by the mountains of the surrounding landscape.


the church, called ‘el señor de la misericordia’ sits a the center of a new urban development in the city
(above) image by belén moneo
(main) image by jorge taboada

 

 

in its design, moneo brock aimed to create a volume that would go beyond the religious rituals and liturgical events generally practiced in monterrey, creating spaces within the temple in communion with and representative of the long architectural narrative of spiritual constructs. the various interconnected bodies that make up the exterior are inspired by and give the impression of traditional religious architecture, but are simultaneously unquestionably modern. despite its segmented, sheared exterior, the structure is classical in function and presents a reinterpreted vision of a bell tower, stained glass windows, baptistry, chapel and lateral courtyard.


the firm wanted to create space within the temple representative of the long narrative of spiritual constructs
image by jorge taboada

 

 

above the entry canopy, the façade is a large flat wall without embellishment or decoration, declarative of the otherness of the space behind and within: the sacred space of the church interior. the church is intended to serve as a multifunctional, expandable environment, capable of extending out onto the surrounding plaza when an event draws a crowd that exceeds its 350 person capacity. the large, flat faces of the design are intended to be reminiscent of the first missions built by friar junipero throughout the american southwest, constructed of wood and adobe.


a room of reflection on the lower level, featuring a skylight and reflection pool
image by jeff brock

 

 

the interior design is fully integrated with the architecture, with moneo brock furnishings throughout: from the wood benches to the altar, the choir and the multiple screens, the sliding doors at the entry, the doors to the main sanctuary and the screen that separates the baptistery from the central nave. light enters this nave from a number of apertures. the three chapels are all punctuated by a generous skylight, each one facing a different cardinal direction accommodating the gradual shift of light within the space over the day. above the baptistry, the designer’s reimagining of a rose window opens to the west, with stained glass filtering colored light into the building, most notably during evening mass. in what is one of the church’s most eye-catching eccentricities, a fourth skylight above the altar directs sunlight through an inclined panel, shaping the light into a vast glowing cross and casting it onto the rear wall of the church.


a skylight above the altar directs sun through an inclined panel, shaping the light into a vast glowing cross
image by jorge taboada

 

 

the interior walls were configured under the consultation of sound engineers arau asociados to ensure a resonant and vibrant acoustic environment. a curated selection of traditional style artworks created by contemporary artists are displayed throughout, continuing to meld aspects of traditional and modern day spirituality. two large sunken patios within the plan demarcate functional areas outside of worship: the patio to the north is surrounded by administrative offices, while the one to the west is home to a classroom and workshop space for community events.


all interior furnishing were also designed by moneo brock
image by jorge taboada


rectangular central nave some 15 meters wide, 18 meters long and 15 meters high
image by belén moneo


the interior walls were configuration under the consultation of sound engineer arau asociados
image by lauro leal jiménez


the north patio is surrounded by administrative offices, western patio is home to a classroom and workshop
image by jorge taboada


the church is intended to serve as a multifunctional, expandable space
image by jeff brock


a curated selection of traditional style artworks created by contemporary artists are displayed throughout
image by jeff brock


southeast façade while under construction
image by jeff brock

 

 

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edited by: peter corboy | designboom

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