Sweden’s Sustainably Built Tureberg Church is a Celebration of Life

by , 06/17/11

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The main materials used in the construction of the church are white concrete and glass. The aesthetic is site-specific and consists of two shapes placed on top of each other, with convex and concave exterior facades. The volumes are open inside, giving the church a dome-like shaped room.

All of the interior design, such as furniture and other installations, are made from scrap wood and recycled glass and plastic. The architect explained that he sought to give old things new contexts, which is a beautiful thing in the mass consumption-focused world we live in. The altar, ambo and organ facade are all made from found material by the Swedish design duo Goodspeed. The designers, who let the material reign over the creative process, spent very little time planning each piece and turned the actual making of the interior into a performance that was open to the public. The creation of the interior took only a few hours, and they worked without sketches.

Finn Ahlberg says: “The main idea is to use free or very cheap materials. We take something ugly and turn it into something beautiful.” The chairs are made of recycled PET bottles, by Alexander Lervik for the contract furniture producer Swedese. The mobile benches are made of actual PET bottles and all glass objects such as the alter cross and font basin are made from recycled monitor displays.

+ Tallius Myhrman

+ Goodspeed

Photos by Åke Eson and Mikael Kiesbyes

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