Holy Redeemer Church
Holy Redeemer Church Design by Fernando Menis – Menis Arquitectos. The building consists of four volumes, visually separated by rifts in the walls that align into cross on the front nave. Apart from the obvious symbolic function they allow the daylight into the interior which strengthens the calm meditative atmosphere.
This is a project located in the city of La Laguna on the Island of Tenerife. It is a place that encourages reflection, a meditation space, an intrinsic space where a person of any condition can go to find himself in the temple or join with others in the cultural center.
It is a place that encourages reflection, a meditation space, an intrinsic space where a person of any condition can go to find himself in the temple or join with others in the cultural center.
The building exists as a large piece of concrete split and cut into four large volumes, at these separations movement occurs. This space creates light, allowing to enter and penetrating into the space, they exist as if to signify a higher meaning inspiring a spiritual presence and sense of tranquility.
The building stands stark, stripped of superfluous elements that involve distractions far from its spiritual essence. The void has been sculpted to the same extent. The balance of proportions of void and building was vital to developing the identity of the project.
“We chose to exploit the properties of concrete, based on its isotropic nature energy efficiency is optimized by the thermal inertia of the walls. The building also gets a better acoustics result; thanks to a combination of concrete and local volcanic stones called picón, which is chopped afterwards and acts as a rough finish that has a degree of sound absorption that is superior to conventional concrete. Exterior, interior, structure, form, material and texture are joined inextricably by a complex study of the concrete.” – Fernando Menis
The volumetric impact of the building and its use of essential materials, treating concrete as if it were liquid stone capturing waterfalls of light, create the temple while also optimizing economic resources. The space reflects timeless emotion.
It is one of Menis Studio most emblematic works. The environment is characterized by the difference of the topographical variation in the plot. A big entrance ramp surrounds and swings around the building in order to give access to the square and the first floor of the church. Since one of the most important elements within religious centers is light, it is conceived so that the zenith light gives a mystic dimension to each room.
The fundamental idea of the project is to design a visual reference within the urban landscape. Large independent rocks (big concrete volumes), characterize the whole project. The spaces between these rocks turn into “patios” with natural light and ventilation. “When entering into the church, the feeling of coming from the darkness to the light is experienced, I mean, from death to life.
The church is dedicated to the Resurrection, therefore, the great concrete pieces volumetric impact, and the rational and symbolic use of the light give birth to a religious temple of deep theological roots and great spatial quality where the resurrection is the main character y through light, illuminates the believer.” (…) the power, the expressive strength, the coherence and the quality of the space of Fernando Menis Project from a theological-symbolic deep investigation and from the master use of light, vertical light focused up to down, as usual in the timeless architecture, shows and architectural piece considered as a work of art, a unique and singular work, of high formal, material and spatial quality.” Ignacio Bosch Projects’ Professor, Politecnica de Valencia University.
Project name: Holy Redeemer
Location: Calle Volcán Estromboli, San Cristóbal de La Laguna, Spain
Materials: Local stone, concrete, gold leaf
Floor Area: 550 sqm
Total built area: 1,050 m2
Construction Budget: 600,000 euros
- completed Social Center (2005-2008)
- under construction Church (2005-..)
Client / Owner / Developer: Holy Redeemer Parish
Architects: Menis Arquitectos – Calle Puerta Canseco, 35, 38003 Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain
Project Architect: Fernando Menis
Project Team: Maria Berga, Niels Heinrich, Andreas Weihnacht
Construction Management: Juan Bercedo, Maria Berga, Roberto Delgado, Niels Heinrich, Sergio Bruns (2006-2007), Andreas Weihnacht
Support Staff: Andrés Pedreño, Rafael Hernández (quantity surveyors), Pedro Cerdá (acoustics), Ojellón Ingenieros, Milian Associats, Nueva Terrain SL (services)
Construction: Construcciones Carolina
Text Description: © Courtesy of Menis Arquitectos
Images: © Simona Rota