The timeless symbolism and abstraction are invoked in S. Joseph's Church
Simple yet highly recognizable design combined with an unpretentious palette of materials, aimed at reinforcing the building's symbolism, configure the S. Joseph's Church in Bagnolet, France
The composition of the church, two rectangles touching at the corner, or the facade with colorful bands which project light from within, identify S. Joseph's Church as a simple but easily recognizable building
The way the building enclosure is treated, with materials such as clear glass, wood, clear concrete bricks and stained glass, gives the volumetric composition a timeless abstraction, reinforcing the building's symbolism
Space is modulated by light. To create the furniture and stained glass for this project, enia architectes collaborated with a team of craftsmen and artists experienced in working with precious materials. The stained glass window, designed by Thierry Boissel, expresses the "Space of Glory," extending the mystical space and gathering space: the stained glass window transforms and converts light into an expression of the spiritual atmosphere
Inside the church, light is modulated to accompany the hierarchy of spaces. The ceiling floats above the walls in order to allow light to pass through, and the chancel wall stops at the boundary with the light. The ceiling is pierced by skylights and the walls are lined with 14 openings, symbolizing a Way of the Cross of light that passes through and warms us
The space articulates a contradiction: the church is a public space and a mystical space. The congregational space is covered with wood to accommodate the diversity of the Montigny community, and the back of the nave opens to the garden to expand the space.