St. Wenceslas教堂位于捷克共和国一个名为Sazovice的小村庄。这个村庄里的人口只有不到700人。来自摩拉维亚的事务所Atelier Štěpán设计的新的教堂是一个现代圆形建筑。当地居民关于修建教堂的想法由来已久，从捷克内战时期就开始了。到了2011年终于得以付诸实践，并很快成立了教堂建设委员会。首要任务是选址：合适的位置可以强调教堂的精神。建筑师在地形图上找到了四处适合作为教堂基地的位置，其中只有一处位于Sazovice的中心位置。教堂设在这里可以建立与村庄及居民的完美联系。
Church of St. Wenceslas in Sazovice is a modern rotunda and contemporary architecture built on conservative principles from Moravian architectural office Atelier Štěpán. The idea of building a church in Sazovice dates from the interwar period. In 2011 the people of Sazovice brought the idea again and founded the association of church building. The first important task was to find a particular location, which would help to amplify the spiritual sense of church. According to the masterplan, we discovered 4 possible sites for the building. Only one of them was in the heart of Sazovice perfectly linked with the surrounding building structure and its social connections.
▼教堂外观，the exterior view
The surroundings create a bay for the church that brings great importance to this place for following generations. Searching for the right form of the church started with a simple cylinder, which became a perfect volume for this place. The circle has always been understood as a divine symbol, in contrast to the worldly rectangle. The church establishes the focal point of the village, in the intersections of main directions and it makes you feel it’s a sacred place. The building refers to rotundas built in St. Wenceslas’ time in 10th century. He founded a rotunda, that has, according to the historical sources, similar diameter to the church in Sazovice. The old rotunda was rebuilt into a new gothic square shaped chapel within the Prague cathedral. We circumscribed a circle around the square and continued to design with the same proportions and positioning of altar, entrance and stairs. The relics of St. Wenceslas are in the Prague chapel and newly in the altar in Sazovice. During the construction, we discovered a connection between the both buildings. While standing in front of the altar and looking through the main window, designed by intuition, you are watching in the direction of St. Wenceslas chapel. This fact supports the rightness of the design and may be a result of a contribution of force majeure.
▼教堂位于村庄的中心，the church is located at the center of Sazovice
▼逐渐收分的墙体营造了轻盈感，the tapering wall creating a light atmosphere
▼建筑在阳光下呈现出丰富而细腻的光影，the sun casting a rich and delicate light and shadow on the facade
▼清幽的绿色中教堂的纯粹几何形体成为唯一的焦点，the pure form of church surrounded by greeneries has been the focal point of view
“My aim was to dematerialize the building. When you observe the volume, you feel the lightness made by design principle of tapering the walls into tiny lines. It’s like cutting a paper cylinder and exploring its possibilities. I created the windows by pushing and pulling the cuts and letting the light glide softly on the walls. I believe there is something or better Somebody behind the material world. In Sazovice I tried to find it through the volume and defined space. As an architect, I explore the space and its impact on people. The church should influence people’s mind, whether they understand it consciously or subconsciously. This is the reflection of something divine in the volume, defined space and something what is behind the walls. The church invites us inside and provides a sense of quietness and peace. You can experience being alone with God if you want. The interior is very personal and it’s better to come and live it out.”
▼仰视教堂的主窗，upward view of the main window
▼想象着这些铃铛们随风发出叮咚的响声，imaging the bells buzzing with the wind
▼镶嵌着玻璃的教堂大门加强了室内外之间的联系，the door of the church with glass window creating a close connection between indoor and outdoor space
▼门环的细节，the detail view of door ring
The interior is poeticaly minimalistic with modest decoration. Historical churches are full of visual information – the entire story is written in paintings, sculptures, in decorations. For example, interior in Baroque church was completely descriptive to give illiterate people an idea about Jesus’ life. Nowadays we are overwhelmed with information and we tend to search for a quiet place of meditation and realizing own inner being.
The altar is a bronze shell in a simple organic shape with a perfect surface symbolizing the God’s touch (known from Sistine Chapel in fresco painting by Michelangelo). During the creative process, I explored the contact of masses, which is similar to the human contact. The touch creates a movement and it is a beginning of a new energy. The moment of the touch is concentrated in a point like a tangent to the circle. And the energy is flowing from one to another and it finally creates connection that brings a message. It reminds me of the rituals performed during confirmation, laying on of hands during sanctification or forwarding messages that have been being unfolded for two millennia since Jesus came.
▼一个带有现代装饰的诗意的极简主义室内空间，a poeticaly minimalistic interior with modest decoration
▼木质格栅和墙面增加了温暖的氛围，the wood grilling and wall bringing a warm atmosphere
▼青铜祭坛光洁的表面象征着上帝的触摸，the bronze altar with a perfect surface, symbolizing the God’s touch
▼自然光洒向室内，在室内形成流淌的光影，the interior is bathed in sun light
▼光从切口形成的窗户进入，并从墙面温和的滑过，light pouring into the space through the windows, and gliding softly on the walls
▼透过天窗仰望无垠的天空，looking up into the sky through the skylight
▼地面层平面图，ground floor plan
▼一层平面图，first floor plan
▼二层平面图，second floor plan
Location: Sazovice, Czech republic (CZ)
Author: Marek Jan Štěpán / Atelier Štěpán
Cooperation: František Brychta, Jan Martínek, Tomáš Jurák, Jan Vodička, Hana Kristková
Interior wall decoration: Vladimír Kokolia
Photo credits: Jakub Skokan, Martin Tůma / BoysPlayNice
Photographer’s website: www.boysplaynice.com
Client: The Association of Church Building in Sazovice
Contractor: Stavad s.r.o.
English text: Marek Jan Štěpán / Atelier Štěpán
Chinese text: gooood editor Yi Ting
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