ooiio architecture: new valer church
ooiio architecture: new valer church
mar 20, 2012

ooiio architecture: new valer church


a few years ago, the inhabitants of valer, an quiet norwegian village not too far from oslo, surrounded by forests and close to the swedish border, watched how sadly their ancient wooden church was on fire and got totally destroyed. this is why at the end of 2011, they decided to invite architects from all the world to design a new temple that mean a new beginning for the religious community at town.

ooiio architecture designed for valer a different and new typology of building, trying to solve two problems of the city at the same time. they need a new church, and they don´t have a representative public space, a meeting point where all the inhabitants could meet or immediately associate it to valer, and nowhere else. usually, churches and temples show a main façade open to a public space more or less representative in front of them. ooiio architecture with this building offers a new possibility for this old relation.

the church is at the same time a temple and a public space. it main façade is now the roof, and it can be used for all the valer inhabitants as the representative space that they are missing. thanks to this new singular urban object, the users can discover new views to the city center and main monuments, like the cemetery, the chapel, or the old church ruins. they can lay under the sun in summer or just go for a walk or meet some friends. the temple interior is really bright and open to the surroundings. all the building is made in wood, following the local construction tradition and industries. it will be built on an elegant and quick way taking care of the carbon emissions.

the general building view remember quite a lot to the drying planks from the surrounding industries… or a pile of white papers, ready to be written with the new valer history!.

ooiio architecture: new valer church aerial view

ooiio architecture: new valer church street view

ooiio architecture: new valer church interior

ooiio architecture: new valer church interior

ooiio architecture: new valer church model plan

ooiio architecture: new valer church plan

ooiio architecture: new valer church model night view

ooiio architecture: new valer church elevation. model and site

ooiio architecture: new valer church model studies

ooiio architecture: new valer church model night view

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  • wonderful !!!!!!

    s parola says:
  • Very cool!!
    nice job

    VzD says:
  • I hope it snows there!

    mash says:
  • when a door is closed,another is opened. I call this Norwegian village”‘little chicago'”.The great Chicago fire that devastated the city in the 19th century moved architects to seek 4 opportunities there.Coupled with d Chicago exposition,the result was the rising of the first skyscraper in the city,making Chicago the architectural capital of America.In the same vein,the fire that consumed the beloved wooden church of Valer,has now put the quiet village on the architectural map of the world.This wonderful work will surely inspire several others in the future!As the saying goes,necessity is the mother of invention.

    goodluck ede says:

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