Studio led by Nina Lundvall & James Payne
About the show
The year was divided between a series of alternating research and design projects in which we explored sacred architecture. Not so much as a question of typological, functional or stylistic considerations but with more fundamental architectural questions that might lead us to re-consider religious and spiritual buildings anew. Could immanence be found through presence? Presence in many tangible and detailed ways; of materials and their qualities and assembly, and of people, sounds and light.
We started the year with a wide ranging and collaborative research and drawing project. Students selected and researched their own precedent for the ‘Sacred Architectures’ book. This compilation of references from many different eras and cultures was produced with the aim of provoking an open-ended discussion about the nature of sacred architecture. Each example shows clearly the cultural basis of their form, they are not arbitrary compositions.
The first design project was a space for contemplation in a busy institutional or public context , St. Bart’s Hospital, Euston Station and The Cass university building. This was non-denominational, ‘multi-faith’ or secular and removed from a specific religious context to explore the architectural themes explored in the first research project.
We were also interested in the potential for a religious building to act as a focus for a community, our study trip took us to Glasgow to visit the churches of Gillespie, Kidd & Coia as well as Copenhagen in Denmark and Malmö in Sweden. All of these places were the focus for a wave of innovative church building in the post-war era as centres for new suburban communities. Students were asked to survey a detail during the trip and produce a set of construction drawings and a detail model. This concern for material presence was taken further in collaboration with architect and furniture designer Simon Jones who set a short design and material research project to make door handles for a religious building.
The final project unfolded over four sites in London on urban and semi-urban sites, second year students designed a small community church and third years developed their own brief for a religious building. The exterior presence as well as the interior experience was considered and the potential of the new building to contribute to a public space and context. Each project drew on reference and material research with rigorous supporting research into liturgy, ceremony and community.
|P.V.||Tuesday 25 June 2013, 6.30pm-10pm|
|Opening||Wed 26 June - Fri 5 July 2013
Mon-Fri 10am-7pm, Sat 11am-5pm
|Venue||Spring House (1st Floor)|
|Studio||Architecture Studio 5|
|Course||Architecture BA (Hons) RIBA Part 1|