The church covered with porcelain

This amazing church is a project of the Norwegian architect Espen Surnevik. It was built on the site of an eighteenth-century church, which in 2011 was burnt. The main goal of the architect was to recreate the monumentalism of the old building in a modern way.

Author: JC

Photos: Rasmus Norlander

https://espensurnevik.no

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The project was created in cooperation with the Trodahl Architects studio. The building is located in the Norwegian town of Porsgrunn. As the architect says, he wanted to recreate the monumentalism of the former block in a completely new way. 

He wanted the newly-built temple to be unique and elegant. The building consists of 11 blocks, of which the pointed tower is of course the highest. It is accompanied by a pair of chapels. Each of the molds is tilted to fit the angle of the needle of 3.3 degrees.

"The plan of the old church was traditionally designed on a mathematical square grid that formed the building structure" explains the architect.

"The new church was developed on the same grid, so it reflects the old church" - he adds. Porcelain also refers to the shining paint of the old church. Not only the external facade was covered with it, but also the interior of the building. In Norway, churches were traditionally painted with white, shiny paint. In this case, it was decided to use porcelain, which has been mined in the town since the beginning of the 20th century. 

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