On a narrow site between a busy main street and open parkland stands Bagsværd Church, designed by architect Jørn Utzon and built in 1973-1976. The church has a closed facade clad in unconventional materials such as prefabricated concrete elements, with aluminium and …
A sacred room
Before designing Bagsværd Church, Utzon asked his local vicar How do you make a sacred room?". The short answer was, "You don't make a sacred room. A sacred room is consecrated”. The vicar wanted to explain to Utzon that architects cannot provoke the feeling of something sacred. They can only create the setting for it. Utzon's sketches show a small group of people surrounded by the heavenly firmament. Christian values such as love thy neighbour and community spirit were the core of Utzon's vision. His starting point was that human existence evolves specifically between heaven and earth. And he transformed this thought into the sweeping concrete vaulting of the main sanctuary of the church. "
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