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BUILDING
 
 
Knarvik kyrkje
Knarvik Community Church
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DESIGNER
 
 
RRA Reiulf Ramstad Architects
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CONTEXT
 
Location
RRA Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter, Knarvik kyrkje, Knarvik Community Church, Lindås, Hordaland, NorwayThe new Community Church in Knarvik, located on the scenic west-coast of Norway north of Bergen, is built on a privileged site overlooking the cultural landscape and local town centre. The building is carefully adapted to an existing hillside between built and natural environment, providing the church with an inspiring context o the surrounding heath landscape. Its distinctive and innovative character and central location makes it a landmark in the community, to be inviting and inclusive for all people to cultivate their faith throughout the week.
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RRA Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter, Knarvik kyrkje, Knarvik Community Church, Lindås, Hordaland, Norway
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DESCRIPTION
 
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RRA Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter, Knarvik kyrkje, Knarvik Community Church, Lindås, Hordaland, NorwayThe church signals its function with a sacral dignity and recognisable form, where the church spire, sanctuary and chapel are emphasised by ascending roof planes. Inspired by the local tradition of Norwegian staves churches, the building utilizes clear and elemental geometries, materials and constructions. The compact building volume is split into two stories on a rectangular plan, separating the sacred spaces above from the cultural and administrative functions below. An internal “church square” connects the two levels with an atrium stair into a continuous space, and may be joined or separated from the sanctuary with sliding glass walls to accommodate more than 500 people.

RRA Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter, Knarvik kyrkje, Knarvik Community Church, Lindås, Hordaland, NorwayThe building permits daylight into its volume through lancet-reminiscent tall and narrow windows, splayed in plan to maximise admittance and reduce glare. At night, the warm glow of the interior reveals the activities of its religious and cultural events.

The church aspires to provide a platform for a safe upbringing for children and youth, to become a local venue for gatherings and faith, and to facilitate art, music and cultural development. The Community Church Knarvik has an architectural expression, spatial solutions and materiality which unites religion, culture and the sitespecific context into a whole.
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MATERIALS
 
wood, steel, glass

RRA Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter, Knarvik kyrkje, Knarvik Community Church, Lindås, Hordaland, NorwayWood is the key material of the project, expressed in the homogeneous cladding of pre-weathered pine heartwood and mirrored by the light-coloured pine finish on all interior surfaces.

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LOCATION
 
Continent
Europe
Nation
Norway [Norge]
Region
Vestlandet
County
Hordaland
District
Nordhordland
Town
Lindås
Hamlet
Knarvik
 
 
Website
E-mail
alversund@lindas.kyrkja.no
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TYPOLOGY
 
Main
ARCHITECTURE
Buildings for cultural activities
Cultural centres and community centres
Religious buildings
Churches and places of worship
Parochial centres
Additional
ARCHITECTURE
Buildings for offices and professional practises
Offices
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CHRONOLOGY
 
Project
2010 - 2012     project winner of competition
Realisation
2012 - 2014
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BIBILIOGRAPHIC REFERENCES
 
 
"Wonder Wood", A10 new European architecture 65, september-october 2015, p. 48-55
Kim Hoefnagels, "Knarvik Community Church. Norway", A10 new European architecture 65, september-october 2015, p. 52-53 (48-55)
Jean-François Pousse (text), Hundven-Clements (photo), "Eglise luthérienne / Community church", Exé. Architecture Détail Technique 21, août-septembre-octobreaugust-september-october 2015 [Acoustique / Acoustics], pp. 50-67
Knarvik – bygda og kyrkja, Hos Norli, 2014
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CLIENT
 
 
Lindås Kyrkjelege Fellesråd
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AMOUNT
 
 
NOK 80,000,000
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DIMENSIONAL
DATA
 
Surface
site sq.m. 15,000
building sq.m. 2,250
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CREDITS
 
 
Photos © Hundven-Clements Photography
Text edited by RRA Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter
Courtesy of RRA Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter | v2com

RRA Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter, Knarvik kyrkje, Knarvik Community Church, Lindås, Hordaland, Norway



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