The proposal derives from a balance between tradition and modernity. The tradition checked under contemporary optics, looks like a proper way to decisively contribute to the city collective memory and to express with intensity the religious Macedonian spirit.
Therefore, the volume obtained supports memory and tradition, and it will be a reference of the cultural and historical identity of Skopje. We develope a simple analytical process based on the orthodox traditional space covered by domes.
An unavoidable decision, therefore, is the perfect and traditional orientation east-west of the interior space. Proposing the intensive use of the dome and by means of its deformation and repetition, the whole naos is covered, obtaining a continous space of extraordinary plastic quality. By means of selective perforations, the domes will adopt a celestial aspect with constellations. The light has this way an essential protagonism as an integral aspect of the whole development of the liturgical event.
Location: Skopje, Macedonia
Architects: alcolea+tárrago arquitectos