University Temple "María Reina de la Paz" / OPUS

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Floridablanca, Colombia
  • Architects: OPUS
  • Photographs
    Photographs:Federico Cairoli
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers:  Arkos, Expoareniscas, Hunter Douglas, Pescadero, Rolformados
  • Associated Architects: Arq. Carlos Alberto Cano Bedoya, Arq. Santiago López Posada
  • Structural Design: G-Consulting
  • Hydrosanitary Design: Ing. Juan Carlos de la Ossa
  • Electric Design: Ing. Rafael Arismendi Weber
  • Floors: INGEAS S.A.
  • Acoustic Design: Psicoacústica
  • Audit: UPB Plan Maestro / arq Samuel Ricardo Vélez - arq.Felipe Bernal - arq.Luz Astrid Ramírez Chávez - arq. Juan Carlos Villadiego
  • Builder : OTACC S.A.
  • Owner: Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana
  • Promoter: Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana, Sede Bucaramanga
  • Location: Arq. Manuel José Jaén Posada, Arq. Carlos Andrés Betancur Cifuentes, Arq. Carlos David Montoya Valencia
  • Category: Temple
  • Design Team: Arq. Manuela Salazar Villegas, Arq. Santiago Camilo Buitrago, Est. Arq. Juan Felipe Correa, Est. Arq. Santiago Restrepo Velásquez
  • City: Floridablanca
  • Country: Colombia
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Text description provided by the architects. The space of the assembly is defined by a folded roof that emerges in the integration of two sections, where the first suggests a congregation space with a more horizontal access ratio that invites entry, and then, once inside, a space that rises towards the presbytery where a section of vertical proportions is developed, emphasizing the relationship between heaven and earth.

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The space frames the mass of existing vegetation, making this landscape close to a reinterpretation of the catechetical content of the traditional stained glass windows in the Catholic temples, being in this case the man-nature relationship the subject of reflection. The external interior relationship raises different degrees of openness that filter the light, open or veil the landscape with mobile and fixed lattices, as well as leading winds prevailing in the interior.

© Federico Cairoli

The materials linked to the ground are  stone, concrete and baked brick, while the roof emphasizes the relationship with the sky using a metallic structure and lightweight enclosure materials such as asphalt and wood. 

© Federico Cairoli

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Address:Floridablanca, Santander, Colombia

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Cite: "University Temple "María Reina de la Paz" / OPUS" [Templo Universitario "María Reina de la Paz" / OPUS] 29 Jan 2019. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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