One of the most potent of all the symbols of holiness is light.
The Church of Holy Cross in Jyllinge, Denmark, designed by KHR Arkitekter, brings earthly and divine into contact by allowing the light of heaven to pass through its roof and walls. Large-scale glazing, and walls and roof made of translucent composite panels, fill the interior with a soft glow punctuated by sharp light-shapes. With its great glass wall facing the fjord, it incorporates the element of water as well in its psychological environment. A double composite-panel configuration provides thermal insulating value to meet sustainability targets. Long, narrow skylights form a cross visible from above, so the communication between Heaven and Earth works in both directions.
The Church of the Holy Cross was nominated for the Mies van der Rohe Award in 2009, and the Danish Plast Prize.
from KHR Arkitekter:
The Church of Holy Cross is conceived and designed as an abstraction over the open horizontal landscape around Jyllinge. The building is built in glassfibre composites and appears translucent.
Homogenous surfaces with changing angles
The rooms in the building are designed with regard to the church’s functions and the changing character of the skylight. The idea was to let homogenous surfaces change in angles and planes and thereby create light, shadow, heaviness, lightness and transparency inside and outside.
Intimacy and flexibility
The room narrows in towards the choir and has several different entry points to ensure intimacy and flexibility during different arrangements. The light flow into the church defines the room’s function; the arms of the cross are part of the movement into the church room. The procession aisle through the church is prolonged outside into a defined space with contact to the fjord and the sky above the church.
images via KHR Arkitekter: