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a church in neratovice

competition for a new church

The site for a new Church of Corpus Christi in Neratovice is situated on the west outskirts of Neratovice along Vojtěšská, close to the early Baroque Chapel of Saint Adalbert with a long tradition of pilgrimages to this sacred place. more

The new church is built on the north-east tip of the site. The bell tower is designed as detached in the opposite corner. A large turfed area stretches between these two structures; its part is an old chapel surrounded by magnificent chestnut trees. These three buildings – the church, chapel, and bell tower are thus close, and the large lawn connects them via wide turfed stairs with the country towards the pond and nearby trees. By its clean-cut mass and material, the church and the bell tower are a local landmark. The church is clad in ochre quarry sandstone. The south façade is reinforced concrete frame with visually expressed loadbearing lamellas that block sunlight from getting inside the church. Windows behind the lamellas will be glazed with yellow ochre glass making the inner light aureate. A two-winged gate connects the church to the inner courtyard lined with an atrium and the Calvary. A cantharus surrounded by a lawn is in the middle. The Calvary has stops consisting of colour panels passing through the ambulatory wall leading the light along the coloured surface to the inside. The panels are analogously illuminated inside to where the light gets through a slot in the ambulatory ceiling. The adjacent rectory includes a multi-purpose hall for 117 persons, an office, and other amenities at the ambulatory level. The ground floor containing the rector’s flat and guest rooms is surrounded by a garden. The entire rectory centre is finished with a light rough render with timber windows.

  • address
    Neratovice
  • year1994
  • investorŘímskokatolická farnost Neratovice
  • design teamPetr Burian, Richard Doležal, Jiří Hejda, Petr Malinský, Gabriela Šatrová
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