Design a church accord­ing to the tra­di­tional Men­non­ite prin­ci­ples: a sus­tain­able build­ing, with the user in mind and a space for gath­er­ing and meet­ing. The first Men­non­ite churches were hid­den and incon­spic­u­ous; sim­ple places of con­gre­ga­tion around the bible. The inte­ri­ors were sober and as pure as pos­si­ble. No dis­trac­tion or orna­ments in order to enhance con­cen­tra­tion and togeth­er­ness. The new church on Men­norode refers to that time.

The build­ing has one large char­ac­ter­is­tic space where white­wood rafters set the tone. A widen­ing in the mid­dle of the build­ing gives this barn-​like church a con­tem­po­rary look. A nar­row entrance opens up into a wide gath­er­ing space with a glass facade. A knack in the roof and the wall mod­els this tran­si­tion. An out­door church has been added and allows open air gath­er­ings when the weather is good.

The new church will be used for gath­er­ings and other church func­tions. Hos­pi­tal­ity is very impor­tant. The church will be open all day and every­body is wel­come to walk in and visit. A spe­cial cor­ner has been cre­ated for reflec­tion, quiet­ness and meditation.

The build­ing is made of 100% wood. The inte­rior has been fin­ished with floor boards that were recy­cled form an old con­vent. The exte­rior roof and walls are cov­ered in shin­gles made of French aca­cia, har­vested from sus­tain­able pro­duc­tion woods. The front facade has native oak wood and the walls and roof have been insu­lated with flax. The build­ing is heated through ther­mal storage.

Pro­gramme on 7 July 2011, TV Gelder­land

FARO Architecten Lisserbroek

land­goed de olmen­horst
lis­ser­weg 487d
2165 as lisserbroek

ves­tig­ing oost
oude kraan 72
6811 ll arnhem

+31 (0) 252 414777

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