Young Danish architects Cornelius + VÃ¶ge have won a large international competition for a new church building in Norway. From 123 competing proposals from all over Europe, their project was announced as the winner.
The church is located in the town of Hatlehol in Aalesund near Norway’s west coast. The new building will be situated in a stunning landscape of fjords and mountains. Nature plays an important part in the project. The church building is shaped as an abstractions of the surrounding rocks and mountains, and integrated skylights and a bell tower rise as an impressive landmark.
Rocks will also be integrated in the building’s interior as baptistery. Rain water will be collected in smaller ponds around the building from where it will naturally follow the terrain to merge with an existing stream.
Together with community facilities in Hatlehol, the congregation has been been collecting for the new church for more than 40 years—finally it seems to be close to reality.
Images: Cornelius + VÃ¶ge
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