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Mennonite Church / FARO Architecten

  • 00:00 - 2 November, 2011
Mennonite Church / FARO Architecten
Mennonite Church / FARO Architecten, © Hans Peter Föllmi
© Hans Peter Föllmi

© Hans Peter Föllmi © Hans Peter Föllmi © Hans Peter Föllmi © Hans Peter Föllmi + 26

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  • Project Architect

    Hugo de Clercq/Arjenne van Berkum
  • Project Team

    Philip Sanders
  • Landscaping

    FARO Architecten bv BNA
  • Interior Design

    Van Dijk, Zutphen
  • Contractor

    Bouwbedrijf van Ouwendorp, Elspeet
  • Area

    155.0 m2
  • Project Year

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Text description provided by the architects. The architects designed this church according to the traditional Mennonite principles: a sustainable building, with the user in mind and a space for gathering and meeting. The first Mennonite churches were hidden and inconspicuous; simple places of congregation around the bible. The interiors were sober and as pure as possible. No distraction or ornaments in order to enhance concentration and togetherness. This new church on Mennorode refers to that time.

© Hans Peter Föllmi
© Hans Peter Föllmi

The building has one large characteristic space where whitewood rafters set the tone. A widening in the middle of the building gives this barn-like church a contemporary look. A narrow entrance opens up into a wide gathering space with a glass facade. A knack in the roof and the wall models this transition. An outdoor church has been added and allows open air gatherings when the weather is good.

floor plan
floor plan

The new church will be used for gatherings and other church functions. Hospitality is an important theme in this project since the church will be open all day and everybody is welcome to walk in and visit. A special corner has been created for reflection, quietness and meditation.

© Hans Peter Föllmi
© Hans Peter Föllmi

Sustainable Barn

© Hans Peter Föllmi
© Hans Peter Föllmi

The building is made of 100% wood. The interior has been finished with floor boards that were recycled form an old convent. The exterior roof and walls are covered in shingles made of French acacia, harvested from sustainable production woods. The front facade has native oak wood and the walls and roof have been insulated with flax. The building is heated through thermal storage.

© Hans Peter Föllmi
© Hans Peter Föllmi

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Cite: "Mennonite Church / FARO Architecten" 02 Nov 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884
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