Bøler Church / Hansen-Bjørndal Arkitekter AS

© Nils Petter Dale

Architects: Hansen-Bjørndal Arkitekter AS
Location: Oslo,
Architects In Charge: Jostein Bjørndal, Ellen Soma, Helge Hansen, Erik Andreassen
Design Team: Anders Langhelle, Liv Schulze
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Nils Petter Dale, Laila Meyrick

Project Area: 3,231 sqm
Furniture Design: Lars Ernst, Hansen/Bjørndal
Art: Thomas Hestvold, Barbro Raen Thomassen

The new Bøler church is the result of an open architectural competition in 2004. The church stretches across a falling terrain, with the main functions either elevated on a plateau (church hall), on ground level (congregation hall) or dug into the ground (chapel).

© Laila Meyrick

A sheltering side wing of brick protects the functions from the traffic and the raised rail tracks to the east. The church patio is reached through a gateway, and opens up to the surrounding nature.The main church hall is entered through an anteroom, and the ceiling lifts towards the far wall.

© Laila Meyrick

The glazed areas of the sidewalls give glimpses of the nature outside and the shifting seasons.The main spaces are oriented vertically and connected by a processional axis. Administrative and support functions are located in the side wings.

© Nils Petter Dale

There is a parish kindergarten and a youth club in the lower level.The main roof structure is steel, supported by concrete columns and concealed by a timber ceiling inside, and copper cladding on the outside.

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The side wings are load bearing brick carrying insitu concrete slabs. The flat roofs have a green sedum covering.


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Cite: "Bøler Church / Hansen-Bjørndal Arkitekter AS" 27 Jun 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 22 May 2015. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=246572>
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