Hatlehol Church
Architecture competition proposal, 2009

The competition called for a design for a new church building on a rocky rural site in the county of Ålesund, Norway.

By twisting the main axes of the interiors, the proposal separates secular functions from sacral spaces. The rooms for everyday activities are above ground, with views to the immediate surroundings, while the church hall and connected spaces are aligned on an east - west axis and dug into the cliff. These sacral spaces have lightcatchers that rise from the stony landscape as white volumes and reflect daylight via a number of curved surfaces and channels.