Church of the Holy Cross

Church of the Holy Cross

Architect
KHR arkitekter AS
Location
Jyllinge, Denmark
Project Year
2007
Category
Churches
Stories By
KHR arkitekter AS

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Church of the Holy Cross

KHR arkitekter AS as Architects

The Church of Holy Cross is conceived and designed as an abstraction over the open horizontal landscape around Jyllinge. The building is built in glassfibre composites and appears translucent.


Homogenous surfaces with changing angles The rooms in the building are designed with regard to the church’s functions and the changing character of the skylight. The idea was to let homogenous surfaces change in angles and planes and thereby create light, shadow, heaviness, lightness and transparency inside and outside.


Intimacy and flexibility The room narrows in towards the choir and has several different entry points to ensure intimacy and flexibility during different arrangements. The light flow into the church defines the room’s function; the arms of the cross are part of the movement into the church room. The procession aisle through the church is prolonged outside into a defined space with contact to the fjord and the sky above the church.


Partner in charge: Professor Jan Søndergaard. Other employees: Emi Ishida Hatanaka & Mette Lysgaard

Tranquility and translucenc

Lay Light by Fiberline as facade panels

Jan Søndergaard of KHR Arkitekter won the 2007 Danish Plastics Award for his use of GRP composite in the design of Fiberline Composites’ new head office and factory at Middelfart, Denmark. Building on this experience is a new ecclesiastical structure - the Church of the Holy Cross at Jyllinge, Denmark - a modern edifice that achieves versatility through use of composite and that forms an integral part of the landscape.


Through Fiberline Composites, GRP composite has now won the national seal of approval in Denmark with its admission to the official canon of Danish art and culture.


Fiberline’s innovative facade panels made of GRP composite allow light to pass through from the outside. This quality, light, combined with the structural advantages of GRP, has been used to remarkable effect in the new Church of the Holy Cross at Jyllinge, Denmark.


Translucent


The new church draws its inspiration from the ambience of its position on a beautiful midsummer’s night and is designed to merge naturally with the surrounding countryside. The church may be described as a monolith rising out of the rural landscape that climbs from the fjord. The roof and walls of the building are therefore identically clad, and uniform materials are used to achieve a calm and consistent visual expression.


“The interior spaces are created by a juxtaposition of just two materials that form two opposing “U”s, stressing the historic union of church and congregation. Floors and walls are in light-coloured concrete cast in situ, alluding to the gravitas of time and the church’s temporal association. A beautiful, emotional and innovative twin construction of GRP, whose cellular structure, also in composite, appears wholly transparent, therefore allowing light to pass through while at the same time meeting statutory insulation requirements,” explains Jan Søndergaard.


Connection to the fjord With its dominating view of the exterior the interior of the church is perceived as a two-part extension of the landscape, which is reminiscent from the water of a swan flying low towards the fjord with spread wings.


When required, the body of the church can be divided by means of a transparent textile woven with a net structure. This serves to extend the nave in a north-westerly direction, terminating in the scenic amphitheatre structure that renders the church a versatile entity suitable for use in multiple contexts.


“I do not see this project solely as a development towards the future spiritual space or as a renewal of it. I also see it as representing the development of a new material with its use in the building industry, industrially oriented towards future applications,” says Jan Søndergaard.

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