Espen Surnevik

Våler Church

Espen Surnevik

Photos courtesy of Rasmus Norlander

Våler Church

Espen SurnevikarchmarathonEspen Surnevik
sivilarkitekt espen surnevik as Maridalsveien 122 0461 Oslo, Norway
www.espensurnevik.no
Category:
Religious Buildings
Project selected:
Våler Church
Location:
Våler, Norway
Year:
2015
Winner of Religius Building category

Jury motivation: A strong architecture form and a great spiritual quality to the different spaces.

The open international competition for Våler church is one of the largest in Norway ever, with 239 proposals from 23 countries. The competitions winner proposal was finished in spring 2015.
Våler is a small village along the Glomma River.
The churchyard is one of the few planned areas of the town centre, and when the old 19th Century church burned down in 2009, people felt the loss very keenly.
The all but impossible task of the new church was to recreate the lost space as a frame for significant events in local people’s lives.
The buildings expression was generated as a direct response to the place, and organised around a quadrant with four oriels pointing north, south, east and west, as an analogy to the old cross-church.
The main story of the liturgy has become the narrative of the church: from fire to resurrection. The new church is placed on the existing processional axis, and clad in straight board of heartwood pine, reflecting the local forest landscape. The natural facades have a long local tradition. Due to climate they slowly get darker before ending up going back to nature. Every fifty years the façade-wood will be renewed and the church will resurrect as new for every new-born generation.
The interior is covered in birch plywood. The artistic elaboration in the interior seeks to “eradicate” the reality of the loadbearing structure and achieve an expression of lightness. The towers mark the main liturgical spaces, the church hall and the baptistery, rising from a common cast concrete plinth, the “bedrock” of the church.
The footprint of the old cross-church, were made into a memorial as a big grave in the middle of the old graveyard. Behind the memorial the new church rises up. The new church is built as a cultural arena, and open minded gathering-place for the whole community of Våler.

(ratings closed)



Våler Church

Espen Surnevik

Photos courtesy of Rasmus Norlander

Våler Church

Espen SurnevikarchmarathonEspen Surnevik
sivilarkitekt espen surnevik as Maridalsveien 122 0461 Oslo, Norway
www.espensurnevik.no
Category:
Religious Buildings
Project selected:
Våler Church
Location:
Våler, Norway
Year:
2015

The open international competition for Våler church is one of the largest in Norway ever, with 239 proposals from 23 countries. The competitions winner proposal was finished in spring 2015.
Våler is a small village along the Glomma River.
The churchyard is one of the few planned areas of the town centre, and when the old 19th Century church burned down in 2009, people felt the loss very keenly.
The all but impossible task of the new church was to recreate the lost space as a frame for significant events in local people’s lives.
The buildings expression was generated as a direct response to the place, and organised around a quadrant with four oriels pointing north, south, east and west, as an analogy to the old cross-church.
The main story of the liturgy has become the narrative of the church: from fire to resurrection. The new church is placed on the existing processional axis, and clad in straight board of heartwood pine, reflecting the local forest landscape. The natural facades have a long local tradition. Due to climate they slowly get darker before ending up going back to nature. Every fifty years the façade-wood will be renewed and the church will resurrect as new for every new-born generation.
The interior is covered in birch plywood. The artistic elaboration in the interior seeks to “eradicate” the reality of the loadbearing structure and achieve an expression of lightness. The towers mark the main liturgical spaces, the church hall and the baptistery, rising from a common cast concrete plinth, the “bedrock” of the church.
The footprint of the old cross-church, were made into a memorial as a big grave in the middle of the old graveyard. Behind the memorial the new church rises up. The new church is built as a cultural arena, and open minded gathering-place for the whole community of Våler.

(ratings closed)



Espen Surnevik

Espen Surnevik (1973) is educated architect from the Oslo School of Architecture (AHO) 2000. He studied all semesters in architect Sverre Fehn`s old studio “Bygg-3” under Professor Per Olaf Fjeld and Professor Finn Kolstad, which he later on was commissioned to work for.
Surnevik is to day teaching as assistant Professor at the Institute of Architecture at AHO.
In 1998 Surnevik attended Professor Giancarlo De Carlo`s summer-studio, ILAUD, in the University of Venice. He returned to Venice in 2000, invited by the Norwegian Nationalmuseum, as part of the group representing Norway in the Architecturebiennale with the project “Multi-pli-city”.
Surnevik`s studio was founded in Oslo in 2011. Studio-projects are developed by Espen Surnevik in collaboration with his students.
He focuses on innovating and continuing the Norwegian regional Architecture-tradition. Central elements are to develop projects which have intuitive and specific links to the place, its traditions and its landscape.
The studio develops projects where construction and space have a unity in which program and functions find their exact place. The projects are often planned in a historic context which is seen as a opportunity to tell a story of our time and the past. Surnevik regards architecture to be an expression which can tell us how society have been thinking during history.
The projects have a detail-focus, including landscape and interior. The goal is that all projects should express a Whole, where the overviewing conceptual idea is represented in the small details and vice versa.

Main projects:
– Våler church – Solør Hedmark Norway

Work in progress:
– Vacation house – Stavanger Norway
– Porsgrunn church – Porsgrunn Norway
– Sagtjernet outdoor concert arena – Elverum Norway
– Invited competition Sola church – Sola Norway
– Invited competition Ulstein church – Ulstein Norway

Project selected for Archmarathon: Våler Church