nossa senhora das necessidades church

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Nossa Senhora das Necessidades Church, by Célia Faria and Inês Cortesão, 2011 - in Chãs, Leiria, Portugal

The intervention is based on a building previously constructed, where the interior was unfinished. We started with the idea of “building the silence”: in a world full of noise, the church represents a break, a moment of rest, peace and meditation. The strong spiritual character is present but doesn’t intimidate, it gives a sense of protection. The selection of materials, the way of moulding both natural and artificial light and the absence of images had the purpose of achieving harmony, a primarily condition in order to assure silence.