Multiconfessional chapel in Norway

Multiconfessional chapel in Norway

MULTICONFESSIONAL CHAPPEL | HAFSLUNG | NORWAY
Schematic Design phase. In collaboration with Rambøll Norway AS in Fredrikstad.

Our office was engaged to design a multicultural temple for Rambøll-Fredrikstad. The new temple is a part of a new large graveyard for Sarpsborg community at Hafslund Hovedgård that will be designed by the landscape architects of Rambøll-Fredrikstad. This new graveyard will host many different social communities with diverse religious background: Christians of all kinds, Muslims, Hindus, Jewish, and even agnostic or non religious people who want to bury their beloved deceased and to offer them a dignified farewell.

The Community asked us to design a temple with three different worship rooms for simultaneous ceremonies, while being able to be connected for larger events. Our proposal is based on the traditional and universal form of the vault to generate a continuous sinuous space. The structure is made out of laminated timber to take advantage of the traditional Norwegian building technique and due to environmental concerns. The service spaces are located in a side volume to generate an outdoor atrium in front of the temple. The embalming room, technical rooms and a parking for the maintenance vehicles of the graveyard are located in the basement under the temple.

The proposal was conceived within a workshop in the office of Rambøll in Fredrikstad and we are now waiting for the community of Sarpsborg to commission the construction documents