Found project: Vällingby kyrka


    Project : Vällingby kyrka

    Language variant : Vällingby Church

    Architect : Celsing, Peter

    Completion: 1960

    Locality : Stockholm

    Country : Sweden

    Building style : Modern architecture (not specified)

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    Description :

    Not finding the integration of the belfry with the horizontal configuration an easy task, Celsing's final version rendered the structure as an autonomous element located outside the confines of the near-square-shaped plan. Sitting on a chamfered brick pier, a rectangular, reinforced-concrete frame containing an unusually large number of bells was thought of as an apple tree, situated just outside the garden.

    On the entrance side, a minor enclosure created by a curved granite bench, with its back to the bridge across the underground lines, surrounds a freestanding, stainless-steel cross. It is the sole indication of the purpose of the dark red, brick volume of the church. The cross has an uncompromising simplicity, and a beauty that was unlikely to have been Celsing's primary pursuit of its basic form. Numerous studies of the cross show Celsing's sensibility at work. The final version was undoubtedly the simplest and most profoundly meaningful form.

    Wilfried Wang: The architecture of Peter Celsing. Arkitektur Förlag, 1996, 36.

    Ed. Antti Siitonen



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