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Boa Nova Church / Roseta Vaz Monteiro Arquitectos

  • 01:00 - 27 April, 2011
Boa Nova Church / Roseta Vaz Monteiro Arquitectos
Boa Nova Church / Roseta Vaz Monteiro Arquitectos, © Joao Morgado
© Joao Morgado

© Joao Morgado © Joao Morgado © Joao Morgado © Joao Morgado +18

  • Architects

    Roseta Vaz Monteiro Arquitectos - Francisco Vaz Monteiro, Filipa Roseta
  • Location

    Estoril, Cascais, Portugal
  • Collaborators

     Inês Fontoura, Bruno Almeida, Patrícia Duarte, Inês Canas, Ana Margarida Mendes
  • Client

    Centro Paroquial do Estoril
  • Video

    Vitor Gabriel
  • Project Year

    2009
  • Photographs

From the architect. The site’s name was the “End of the World”. It was one of the city’s last slums. The project brief was determined through a participative process involving everyone in the local community in order to guarantee the project’s social and economical sustainability. The final brief included a church, a community centre (providing jobs and childcare to some of the slum’s former residents), a primary school and an auditorium.

© Joao Morgado
© Joao Morgado

The local community set as one of the main goals the creation a new identity in order to rescue the site from its decade long negative stigma. To the East and South, anonymous suburban surroundings offered no interesting references; hence, we decided to design the church’s tower as an iconic reference.

© Joao Morgado
© Joao Morgado

To the West, we designed a courtyard connecting to the city’s existing public spaces and opening to a steep valley offering distant seaside views. Today, the “End of the World” is known as Senhora da Boa Nova (or Our Lady of the “Good News”).

© Joao Morgado
© Joao Morgado

We believe designing sacred space should revolve around the ability to state the supremacy of the Void. Throughout the project’s development, the key conceptual elements were two empty spaces: the courtyard, a place where the community could meet; and the nave, a sacred space presenting that which could not be presented. We wished the nave to be an introspective, infinite, and irrepresentable space. In order to achieve this, we followed creative paths suggested by the works of Bernini, Piranesi and Rachel Whiteread.

© Joao Morgado
© Joao Morgado

Today, the church stands within an elliptical plan, providing a dynamic sense of scale, and covered by an interior dome, eliminating the wall/ceiling division and spatial references within. The windows are deep, bringing indirect natural lighting into the nave and distancing the suburban surroundings, and the exterior walls curve to present an anthropomorphic object holding within the ilimited, infinite, and irrepresentable Void.

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Sketch
Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite: "Boa Nova Church / Roseta Vaz Monteiro Arquitectos" 27 Apr 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/121074/boa-nova-church-roseta-vaz-monteiro-arquitectos/>
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25 Comments

Rizky · July 18, 2012

Very nice to look at isn't it? :)

Kent chu · July 18, 2012

like like like!
very nice.

Arcabruja · June 22, 2012

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Dagmar Stée · December 05, 2011

very nice project!

dino indra · May 01, 2011

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Hannah Judd · April 28, 2011

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r s · April 27, 2011

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nicholas putrasia · April 27, 2011

beautiful. reminding me of alvaro siza.

Abdullah A. ALEissa · April 14, 2011

@Basel_A plz. C the project : http://bit.ly/dTd6cD

energysavinghouse · April 11, 2011

Concept ????????????????????? ?????????????? ????????????? ??????? “End of the World”... http://fb.me/YPji4q1G

Rafael · March 29, 2011

parece um wii

seems like a wii

:P

anonymous · April 28, 2011 06:12 AM

haha, i thought of an xbox360 :)

Tiago M. Torres · March 27, 2011

Igreja Boa Nova (Portugal): Como fazer o bom uso de timelapse e direção de fotografia: http://vimeo.com/19180568 | http://goo.gl/v9vid

Cristina Mioranza · March 26, 2011

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up_today_arch · March 23, 2011

but these skatches... they are so impressive!...
the house itself has different feeling...
it not better or worse... it is just different...

Erik Joya · March 22, 2011

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DEZIGN · March 22, 2011

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R. Girard · March 22, 2011

Beautiful project.

Just one remark on the video : it's too long (should be maximum 2 minutes i guess) and the music is a little too dramatic/pretencious.
And there still should be pictures.

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