The Sagrada Familia is set to become the tallest religious building in Europe when the latest stage in its decades-long construction – the raising of six new towers – is complete.
Designing and constructing a church has never been an easy task for architects. It is a challenge to create a space not meant for accomodation or further customization, but a space that has its own soul, gives an aura of serenity and conveys intimate spiritual experience. This particular church, completed in 2008 in a town La Laguna on the island of Tenerife, Canary Islands (Spain), is a challenge well done by Fernando Menis of the 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. The whole structure takes up more than 1000 m² and cost 600,000 euro.
Are churches the solution to the housing crisis?
England's always ahead. Now they're planning to use church land and buildings for affordable homes. This could be one of the solutions to the housing crisis.
James Derounian, principal lecturer in community development and local governance at the University of Gloucestershire, writes in The Guardian: "The long and the short of it is that our cities and villages desperately need an injection of affordable homes, not least as a contribution towards "sustainable development", which government says lies at the heart of its draft National Planning Policy Framework.