R.Palekas, B.Puzonas, D.Uogintė, A.Palekienė,
U.Morkūnaitė, K.Burbaitė, R.Samackaitė
1 300 m2
Ylivieska town church we see as home for young growing community.
The premises of the church are designed in one ground level. This allows to avoid stairs and create easily accessible spaces. We want open relation between interior spaces and surrounding environment: the passers-by shall get interested in what is going on in the church, and parish activities shall be visible for the city.
We want existing structure of greenery and pathways in the plot to remain, adding a new public space in front of the main façade of the church. The square is in the middle of the park and is surrounded by the most important elements of the territory. Two different pavements are combined in the square – stone and gravel. There is a possibility to connect the spaces of the main nave and the square by opening doors. The entrance is highlighted by the bell tower. 36m high tower becomes the dominant of the city and gives new influence on the view from Kauppakatu and Koskipuhdontie.
We suggest not to cover the foundation of the burned church. In our opinion, this place has a strong symbolic meaning, and new construction would inevitably change natural influence.
The plan is compact. This allows to connect the main interior spaces, also reduces the heating cost. The entrance to the church is on the western side of the church – the opposite side than altar. The foyer can be used for small events. The parish hall is usually separated from the nave, but has a possibility to open up to the altar when it is needed.
Sacristy, above which the organ is placed, is planned behind the altar. The kitchen – behind the parish hall. The auxiliary rooms are in the separate block, which is oriented to the street. Right here service access and the parking of 30 places is planned.
Light in the interior
Two types of light enter the church. The light that goes down from the skylight creates the mood in the church nave. And the window openings by the ground assure the visual relation between parish community and the city, as well as nature view and proper illumination of the rooms.
For the outside finishing we choose wooden tile cladding. White surfaces are dominating in the interior. The main entrance is also enhanced by wood.