UNQUERA PARRISH CENTER CHURCH OF THE HOLY MARTYRS

FERNANDEZ-ABASCAL & MURUZÁBAL

Photos courtesy of Alberto Alonso Ortiz, Fdez.-Abascal and Muruzábal architectes, Pablo Ausucua

UNQUERA PARRISH CENTER CHURCH OF THE HOLY MARTYRS

FERNANDEZ-ABASCAL & MURUZÁBALarchmarathonFERNANDEZ-ABASCAL & MURUZÁBAL
Mijares 49, 39530 Santillana del Mar, Cantabria, Spain
www.fernandezabascal-muruzabal.com
Category:
Religious Buildings
Project selected:
UNQUERA PARRISH CENTER CHURCH OF THE HOLY MARTYRS
Location:
Unquera, Cantabria, Spain
Year:
2012

The center, located in the extension of Unquera, is aligned to a road in the base of the mountain which characterizes and darkens the plot.
We projected and elementary volume slightly elevated from the land, like a palafitte. Its abstraction and scale facilitate its implantation as primary element in the heterogenous and little qualified urban fabric. Its distance against the ground level avoids the damages caused by the swellings of the Deva river.
The program was organized in a rectangular plant of extreme proportions, differentiating the functional areas.
We access the building through a footbridge to the luminous lobby, that articulates the spaces – the church and the other functional spaces – and serves as meeting area.
The abstract volume protects the religious space as sancta sanctórum. The church uses a peculiar typology with a main nave and a smaller one, almost atrophied.
The smaller nave is defined by a strong beam and it allocates the confessional and the sacristy. The zenital entrance of the light through the small nave and through the bottom of presbitery, clarified by a free wall, emphasizes the space asymmetry.
The center has an office, two classrooms, open to the side facade, and a band of services.
The center has been built with very few materials, concrete walls, industrial wood grounds, mixed carpentries iroco aluminium…
The disposition of the building at the bottom of the parcel, created a new urban space with cypresses and liquidámbares.

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