Portuguese architect Álvaro Siza Vieira realizes white concrete church in France

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/r7/r7ixzy9pyomnpv5k.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" />The <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/51168/pritzker-prize" rel="nofollow" >Pritzker Prize</a> winning architect, <a href="https://archinect.com/firms/cover/17135/lvaro-siza-vieira" rel="nofollow" >&Aacute;lvaro Siza</a>, has completed a white concrete church in France's Brittany region. The church of Saint-Jacques-de-la-Lande, consecrated over the weekend in the presence of over 300 people, is the first church built in the area in over 40 years&mdash;the only, thus far, Breton church of the 21st century.&nbsp;</p><figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/n1/n15mgnpfg7vu6fne.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" ><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/n1/n15mgnpfg7vu6fne.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Joao Morgado Architecture Photography.</figcaption></figure><p>The sacred building, costing 3 million euros, was ordered by the diocese of Rennes to better meet current needs.&nbsp;Saint-Jacques-de-la-Lande, a commune in the Northwestern part of <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/6440/france" rel="nofollow" >France</a>, has a thriving Catholic community and the new church is more centrally located to where people live, near the residential area&nbsp;south of Rennes with five-story housing blocks.
Joao Morgado Architecture Photography.
The design by Siza, for which he provided 600 details, combines a minimalistic aesthetic with an opening onto the city. His use of light and white concrete provides a unique ceremonial that is integrated into the urban f...

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