Status: Competition (2023)
Clasification: Honour mention
Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
Coordinates: 55.722485, 12.603990
Climate: Temperate, Oceanic / maritime
Materials: Polycarbonate, Wood
Environments: Seaside, Urban
Visualizer: Riccardo De Vincenzo
Budget: 500.000 €
Scale: 85 ㎡ Extrasmall
Ratio: 5.882,35 €/㎡
Types: Chapel, Religious
Set in a context of alternative housing typologies and the dockyard, the Tiny Church in Nordhavn has the potential to act as a meeting point and local community center. Intended as a temporary church in a new development, the Lantern is designed to make a small impact on site. The wood structure and the polycarbonate surfaces make for a lightweight construction. It is modular and adjusted in size for transportation on the road. The main space is flexible and can function as a church or a non-religious space for communal meals or yoga classes.
In reference to the industrial modularity of the containers around the site, the volume is created from stacked squares and triangles. The triangle is not only a strong structural geometry, it also bears the symbolism of the Trinity. The translucent façade allows daylight to light up the space during the day, saving on energy. On ground floor level, the walls are clad in wood. The absence of outlook creates a space for reflection. At night the building will light up like a lantern providing a sense of safety and guidance in the area.