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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Moneo Brock, Church of Our Lord of Mercy in Monterrey, Mexico

The Madrid practice of Belén Moneo and Jeff Brock has built this parish church in Pueblo Serena, a new urban development in the north of Monterrey (Mexico). Maintaining architectural elements  of ecclesiastical tradition like the bell tower, which rises 43 meters, the faceted volume is sculpted with varying inclinations, in contrast with the plain force of the rectangular plane facing the square. One enters here through an 11-meter-wide access with transparent doors creating a visual continuity between the exterior and the interior, while some sliding steel lattices modulate the degree of privacy necessary. On the floor plan, the church follows the layout of typical Christian temples, with a central nave 15 meters side, 18 long, and 15 high, and a north-south flow ending in the altar crowned with a large skylight shaped like a Latin cross. Three small chapels receive natural daylight through overhead openings. Moneo Brock has also designed the furniture, lattices, doors, and stained-glass windows.
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