The church has numerous openings to allow to this connection to nature.
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large majority of this design is based on transition. One space leading into
another, till it ends at the intended goal. Transition is achieved in height,
width and in light.
site is a gradual slope which helped out in the design philosophy. One enters
the church at the highest point, and the lowest part of the roof. The roof gradually
becomes taller and the floor steps down. The final height is the peak of the
entry point is the narrowest of the structure. After one enters, the walls flair
out allowing for seating. The width controls the spiral and at the altar the
width conforms to the spiral, giving focus to the altar area.
the entry, the space is tight and dark. On the east wall, openings are punched
through to allow for light. These openings become greater and greater. In additions
openings on the west side also occur. The overall effect is transition from
dark into the light.
from narrow to wide
from low to high
from dark to light
main concept was to find God in nature. By using organic materials that are
tied into nature. Also the structure was meant to be open to nature
golden rectangle was used as a design organizational tool. Also called Fibbioncia's Numbers this is a formula that is found in numerous pattern of things growing in nature
courtesy of Prof. William Hill
I believe this was a powerful design concept that really works. I applied the calculations to the design
This was my original sketch for the church. The site has a many tall trees and the ground had a slope of about 17 degrees. The original concept was to cut and fill for the foundation.
Shutters were also implemented to allow a lot of natural light and to allow for beezes.
This page explains some of the reasoning behind the design. From initial concept ideas, construction thoughts to what the design is intended to achieve.
The designs have not been engineered they are.. what this author believes to be possible within limits.
Instead of designing "in a box", curved walls are used. This gives the structure a more organic feel. The majority of the curved walls follows the path of the golden rectangle.
The altar is raised up from the main floor.
One will follow the golden rectangle up and around towards the heavens.
The entry way is small and low and at the top of the stairs.
After desceding the stairs, which increases the height, the curving wall and the rising roof brings you into the structure.
The eyes will follow the wall line around and upwards
Inspiration was taken from Ronchamp designed by Corbu. The light shining through the random openings.