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Published on February 21st, 2013 | by Vincent Jobse
This church on the cover of the new Architecture and Urbanism A+U proves that a good design idea doesn’t have to cost the world. This modest church was realized for a modest budget: only € 25.000. The project was sponsored by a well-known Polish writer and built by unskilled workers – members of the local community – and therefor the techniques used are simple. It was designed by Marta Rowińska & Lech Rowiński of the firm Beton (photos by Beton) and was completed in 2009. Like so many wooden churches, it feels like an inverted wooden ship.
The serene place of worship has a concrete slab as a foundation, timber structure as the main “spine” of the building and wooden cladding. There is almost no detail, no fancy elements. Beton creates quality of space with the use of rudimentary technical simplicity. The project was completed in 2011.