Álvaro Siza completes the Saint-Jacques-de-la-Lande church

Interior view. Álvaro Siza designs the Saint-Jacques-de-la-Lande church. Photograph © Joao Morgado
13/02/2018
Álvaro Siza completes the Saint-Jacques-de-la-Lande church
[Rennes] France
metalocus, PABLO SEBASTIÁN
Interior view. Álvaro Siza designs the Saint-Jacques-de-la-Lande church. Photograph © Joao Morgado
Siza’s use of light and white concrete provide a unique ceremonial space that gently folds into the neighborhood south of Rennes. The main concern of Siza when designing the project was being able to integrate the church into the urban fabric.

This church designed by Álvaro Siza is thus lit from above and indirectly, reflecting off the ceiling and the cylindrical walls. Another two small clerestories are set above the image of the Virgin and the baptismal font. A building especially expected and masterfully photographed by Joao Morgado.

Description of project by Álvaro Siza

The church of Saint-Jacques-de-la-Lande will be the first church built in France’s Brittany region in the 21st-century. The project has been contracted to the Portuguese architect Álvaro Siza Vieira. Siza’s use of light and white concrete provide a unique ceremonial space that gently folds into the neighborhood south of Rennes, a residential area with five-story housing blocks. Siza's main concern when designing the project was being able to integrate the church into the urban fabric. One of the hallmarks of the building is the circular shape on the second floor, which will hold up to 120 p...read more

Architect
Álvaro Siza
Venue
Rue du Haut Bois, Rennes, France
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SIZA VIEIRA

Álvaro Joaquim Melo Siza Vieira was born in Matosinhos (near Porto), in 1933. From 1949-55 he studied at the School of Architecture, University of Porto. His first built project was finished in 1954. From 1955-58 he was collaborator of Arch. Fernando Távora. He taught at the School of Architecture (ESBAP) from 1966-69 and was appointed Professor of "Construction" in 1976. He was a Visiting Professor at the ...read more