San Juan María Vianney Church in Media Legua

  • Location:
    La Media Legua, Estado Vargas Venezuela
  • Date:
  • Area:
    235 sq. m
  • Client:
    Media Legua Parish
  • Team:
    Ricardo Silva, civil engineer; Guillermo Bazó, advisor; Rafael Monterrey, contractor
  • Photography:
    Carlos Ancheta
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A breathtaking site on the northern side of the coastal mountain range overlooking the Caribbean Sea is the location for a new church in the rural community of La Media Legua. The project also contemplates spaces for congregation and overnight sleeping quarters for weekend missionary activity in a future phase. The church accommodates a congregation of 200 people who live in the vicinity and many of which would arrive by foot. The structure is made of cinder blocks converted into structural walls by inserting steel cable within and filling the air cavity with concrete. Above 1.80 meters square openings of increasing size are placed every other block creating a porous wall structure that allows light to enter and air to circulate. Three calculated openings bring the exterior landscape into the church, by framing selected trees and landscape elements in the distance. All construction will be undertaken by members of the Media Legua community, using durable yet economic materials that can secure the church´s longevity and require a minimum attention to maintenance.