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Nossa Senhora das Necessidades Church / Célia Faria + Inês Cortesão

  • 01:00 - 29 May, 2012
Nossa Senhora das Necessidades Church / Célia Faria + Inês Cortesão
Nossa Senhora das Necessidades Church / Célia Faria + Inês Cortesão, © FG+SG – Fernando Guerra
© FG+SG – Fernando Guerra

© FG+SG – Fernando Guerra © FG+SG – Fernando Guerra © FG+SG – Fernando Guerra © FG+SG – Fernando Guerra +21

  • Architects

  • Location

    Chãs, Leiria, Portugal
  • Design Team

    Marco dos Santos, Liliana Pereira
  • Structural Engineer

    Manuel Rodrigues Vieira, Mário Rui Gomes Santos
  • Acoustic Engineer

    João Barrento da Costa
  • Client

    Comissão da Igreja de Chãs
  • Area

    537.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

From the architect. The church is located in the center of a crowded village. The intervention is based on a building previously constructed, where the interior was unfinished. We started with the idea of “building the silence”: in a world full of noise, the church represents a break, a moment of rest, peace and meditation. The strong spiritual character is present but doesn’t intimidate, it gives a sense of protection. The selection of materials, the way of moulding both natural and artificial light and the absence of images had the purpose of achieving harmony, a primarily condition in order to assure silence.

© FG+SG – Fernando Guerra
© FG+SG – Fernando Guerra

The assembly develops into a shape of an amphi theatre around the presbytery, where the word of God is shared and the Christ image can be found. His physical presence is represented by a polished brass cross over an embedded cross of light on the wall, placed at the center of the altar. The design of the church ceiling was based on the shape of the circular elevation. Different plates were connected from the elevation to the windows above the altar, which allows both zenithal and artificial light.

© FG+SG – Fernando Guerra
© FG+SG – Fernando Guerra

This shape – like a monstrance – intends reinforcing the idea of holy light when converging our sight to the cardinal point where the light is born and the cross is placed. From there the light is scattered all over the space, just like rays of sun. The complete front wall consists on a wide alterpiece, composed by a tracery wood panel made of alternated vertical thin wood and light lines. In this case a contemporary interpretation of the gilded wood carving technic. This approach is traditionally used in altarpieces, where the wood is carved and covered with gold.

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The choice of using wood as the main material provides the space a warm sensation of comfort. Contiguously to the assembly a small chapel was created, in a form of an apse, for the daily celebrations. The inclined shape of the assembly’s ceiling repeats itself on the chapel, without touching the altar’s wall, allowing the light to enter and spread emphasizing the sacred moment.

© FG+SG – Fernando Guerra
© FG+SG – Fernando Guerra
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Chase M. Becker · June 02, 2012

An absolutely stunning contemporary #church for a #Catholic community in #Portugal - http://t.co/ddUV4RR2 Why can&#39t we do this in the US?

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Do Thai thuan · May 30, 2012

Look simply,elegant!i would like to see some pictures from external views.hope somebody upload! Thank you for sharing.

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A very simple and light space.
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