Historically, churches are compact structures. They contain multiple parts. They function as singular volumes. Its relationship with the city has remained rather independent and closed-off. They are landmarks with impermeable boundaries in the city.
Church of the Everyday proposes a new ritual space for contemporary everyday life. Instead of a singular volume, the proposal gives formal legibility to each of the programmatic parts: the basilica, the confessional, and the bell tower. The singularity of the object frees itself in return. The basilica becomes a flexible space, shifting between the public and the ritual. Its facade suggests the extreme openness. The curtains bring intimacy and domesticity.
The three objects effortlessly scatter on the site. The spaces in between the objects start to suggest a possibility of gathering. The church starts to become part of the urban fabric. The city bleeds into the church. The church turns into a church for the everyday.
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