The “ Community Church of Knarvil ” is located high on a hillside in the Norwegian town. This building was designed from Reiulf Ramstad Architects in 2010 through a commission. This scheme of shaped angular formal language loosely references the geometries of the region’s mountains and fjords.
This singular volume is wrapped in wood cladding both in the exterior and interior, while featuring vertical bands of glass on its long elevations. Other than the intended expressive spatial quality and primary function for Christian services, the facility also serves as a cultural center for a variety of gatherings such as arts and music events.
In order to become an inclusive programmatic space for use of the entire community, the spatial forms and detailing are not directly referential to Christian symbols, but remain relatively open in meaning. The cascading staircase connects with the town’s center while roads and parking partially wrap the facility for car transport.