Domkyrkoforum / Carmen Izquierdo

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Architects: Carmen Izquierdo
Location: Domkyrkoplan, , Sweden
Project Managers: & Andreas Hiller
Collaborating Architects: Andreas Hermansson, Erik Törnkvist, Isabel Gonzaga, Malin Belfrage
Client: Domkyrkrådet i Lund
New Buiding Size: 1,617 sqm
Project Years: 2010-2011
Photographs: Lindman Photography

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Domkyrkoforum – Cathedral Forum

The site of the new cathedral forum is central Lund, in direct connectionto the cathedral itself. On the site is situated the existing “Arken” house, which is a building of historical value. The new building aim stoint egrate itself in the urbanfabric in a natural way, by adaptingto the scale and lines of the surrounding cityscape. At the same timeour vision has been to create a contemporary building that adds a new layer to the many historic layers that characterize the urban environment of central Lund.

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The shape of the building creates new adjacent public spaces: The entrance plaza towards Kyrkogatan street, the entrance passage facing the cathedral, and a triangular square towards Kungsgatan street. In addition to the welcoming exterior spaces an internal atrium is created, as well as an interior courtyard, shaped by the existing and the new building.

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The central public space in the building is the entrance hall that is reached from both entrances. The entrance hall is formed as a meeting space; a general and generous which can hold various activities like reception, exhibitions and a cafe. A two-storey atrium allows daylight to enter from above, while visually integrating the public spaces with the congregational facilities on the second storey.

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The auditorium is conceived as a unique space, with its skylight pointing up towards the cathedral towers. The exterior is a simple yet characteristic volumes, its lines playing with the surrounding buildings. Towards Kyrkogatan street the rooflines of the Arken house are continued over the entrance plaza.

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Towards the cathedral the entrance is signaled by the characteristic skylight. The facade of the building is madeof a brass alloy, a natural material that ages with a rich and living texture, allowing the building to age into its surroundings; at the inauguration it shimmers like gold, but in a couple of years it will have oxidized into a deep and matte bronze color.

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The interior of the building is cast in concrete with form of wooden boards. The massive and heavy character of the material is balanced by the play of light in the interior spaces.

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Cite: "Domkyrkoforum / Carmen Izquierdo" 04 Apr 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 24 Apr 2014. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=222677>

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    I love that the building is a standout among the rest of the old ones but a sore thumb that sticks out due to the use of colors and materials.

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    I love that the building is a standout among the rest of the old ones but NOT a sore thumb that sticks out due to the use of colors and materials.

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    These site had four fantastic huge old trees which could have been preserved and they were cut. In my opinion the architects failed tremendously.

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    Funny how E:son has managed to minimize the impact of the ugliest and most unnecessary roof in the town… I have no idea what that golden slab does there… other than the symbolic, almost kitsch value of the traditional saddle roof.

    Other than that – awesome that this gets built within such an old city center.

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    “The new building aim stoint egrate itself in the urbanfabric in a natural way, by adaptingto..” I don’t feel “stoint egrated adaptingto” the commentary.

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    How difficult is to maintain today, with that energy and its own voice, a discourse in which the relationship of architecture, materials and site are displayed as sensitive and accurate.

    congratulations

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