DDF 01 - 05 - 2010

Choosing to design a church as the main portion of my hometown project has proven to be a rewarding experience. Many of the cities we have visited thus far have been entirely based around the main religious facility. Being the most important buildings in the cities, many of these are architectural masterpieces. One of the most inspirational buildings we have visited so far is the Alcazar in Seville, Spain. The most dramatic aspect of this complex is the layering of the rooms. This layering becomes extremely effective when mixed with the different levels of lighting within the rooms. The below sketch illustrates the layering of rooms and light in the complex. This difference in spaces could start to have meaning such as the darker places are more sacred/private, while the lighter places are more open/public. This could start to indicate a connection with the canal walk with a large open fašade on the west (Canal-facing) fašade. Another common component that I have found in religious facilities is repetitive elements. The best example of this is from The Great Mosque/Cathedral at Cordoba, Spain shown in the sketch to the right. This repetitive element shows strength and consistency, two important values of the church. By using select elements (colors, lighting strategies, structural arrangements, etc.) multiple times, the church can start to architecturally communicate its ideals.

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