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Monday, September 21, 2020

Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter, Church of Knarvik (Norway)

The church by the Oslo office Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter, with its prominent, heavenward-pointing, broken silhouette, stands on a rocky slope of Knarvik, a village in the municipality of Lindås, in Norway’s Hordaland county. It is a representation of the religious constructions, built with wood, of traditional Scandinavian architecture. With the roof presenting triangular planes rising in different dimensions and angles, the building goes about following the lines of the topography. The result is a faceted volume clad with panels of pinewood which have been treated to take on a dappled color tone and make the building echo the surroundings. Concrete steps lead to the main entrance, the pronounced setback of which, like a refuge, invites one in. The emphatic dynamism of the folds of roof strikes a contrast with the inner space, organized on a simple rectangular floor plan. The church’s two levels are bathed in natural light shining in through narrow windows.
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