Competition Entry; Ullerød Church new parish house
Our interest lies in the potential for architecture to tell a story. Like the formation of rock, through the layers of time, architecture is part of this same continuum. Narratives are overlaid, and richness comes from the cultures which explore these layers. The Parish House, is a humble but meaningful further layer to the locale within which stands a Church designed by Ulrik Pletsner, a building which has come to define the physical context of this small town and one through which local narratives have played and cultures have passed.
The context is one of familial forms of pitched roofs protecting simple and regular volumes, of a human scale, domestic almost in appearance. The regular pattern of wooden framed windows, of tiles, bricks and mortar has a defining quality. Time plays out over these materials. Materials which are of the earth; clay, sand, lumber. Materials which like the layers of rock, age, tell further stories, lock in meaning over time and express their environmental concerns.
A collection of small interconnected buildings wrap the rear of the Church, in place where a later addition currently stands. A composition of buildings that respects the character of the church and its architectural qualities, whilst simultaneously creating a frame for a healthy work environment and a growing community. This ensemble of old and new wraps a new sheltered courtyard which draws all activities together, linking internal spaces and the external environment.