Krill Architecture recently unveiled plans for a beautiful circular wooden church for Valer, Norway. The competition entry proposes to renovate the town's old church ruins with an open ring-shaped building that is powered by solar panels. The interior of the ring holds a verdant patio, and the structure would be lifted on one side, giving people the opportunity to come in without crossing a threshold.
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The church building is designed to meet two important, but seemingly incompatible needs: it provides open gathering spaces (Domus Ecclesiae), involving the church in the community, as well as closed spiritual, secluded spaces (Domus Dei) that offer solace and peace of mind. It is for that reason that the church is planned as an open ring in a newly designed park.
Several spaces are collected within the ring under a partly open roof. Toilets, storage, technical spaces, and offices for the pastor and elder men are positioned outside, and can be accessed through the ring-shaped passageway. This layout allows their offices to be reachable from outside. The ruins of the old church will be clad with granite and solar collectors.