The plot, steep, will be provided in the future of the host church and square. The commission consisted of building the Parish Hall as future Temple socket. So the building is constructed taking into account several aspects that define the proposal.
The nature of a building intended for worship, raised the need to get spaces for contemplation and meditation. For this, the Parish Hall turns to the interior gardens, isolated from the outside by cyclopean concrete walls and reinforced concrete. The fences, trellises and way of drilling, are considered as light screens, ending interior endow the desired environment.
We understood the Parish Hall like an armor that holds a wide space inside. And so, the exterior is hard and resistant while the interior is bright (the presence of daylight), aromatic (the welcoming garden with its orange trees), mysterious (the ladder hidden behind the white walls) or pragmatic (uses clearly laid). We understood the Parish Hall like a ritual path where surprises may arise at every turn. Therefore, the access is through the courtyard garden, and behind it, we entered a gallery chiaroscuro. Or we continue straight toward background levels illuminated zenith. Behind, another yard that will eventually be covered with vines, provides a background of vegetables to the multiple room.
We understood the Parish Hall as a flexible surface adaptable to different uses. Is the ultimate protagonist, the large space. A fixed block entry (lined timber) contains pastor’s office, toilets and service. The rest, distributed by wall construction may mutate at will.
We understood the Parish Hall from materials that breathe, to feel the passage of time. The concrete will dye with the winters, the orange trees will provide color, the pockets will make windows into the street and wood contribute its warmth.Location: Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain Architect: equipo olivares arquitectos | Javier Pérez-Alcalde Schwartz , Fernando Aguarta García Project name: Salón Parroquial María Inmaculada
Master Builder: José Floreal Martínez
Total Built Area: 477,91 m²
Overall Cost: 494,19 €/m²
Photos: José Oller