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Lund, Svezia: Domkyrkoforum by Carmen Izquierdo
Carmen Izquierdo

The site of the new cathedral forum is central Lund, in direct connection to the cathedral itself. On the site is situated the existing "Arken" house, which is a building of historical value.

Carmen Izquierdo

The new building aims to integrate itself in the urban fabric in a natural way, by adapting to the scale and lines of the surrounding cityscape.

Carmen Izquierdo

At the same time our vision has been to create a contemporary building that adds a new layer to the many historic layers that characterize the urban environment of central Lund.

Carmen Izquierdo

The shape of the building creates new adjacent public spaces: the entrance plaza towards Kyrkogatan street, the entrance passage facing the cathedral, and a triangular square towards Kungsgatan street.

Carmen Izquierdo

In addition to the welcoming exterior spaces an internal atrium is created, as well as an interior courtyard, shaped by the existing and the new building.

Carmen Izquierdo

The central public space in the building is the entrance hall that is reached from both entrances. the entrance hall is formed as a meeting space; a general and generous which can hold various activities like reception, exhibitions and a cafe.

Carmen Izquierdo

A two-storey atrium allows daylight to enter from above, while visually integrating the public spaces with the congregational facilities on the second storey. the auditorium is conceived as a unique space, with its skylight pointing up towards the cathedral towers.

Carmen Izquierdo

The exterior is a simple yet characteristic volumes, its lines playing with the surrounding buildings. Towards Kyrkogatan street the roof lines of the Arken house are continued over the entrance plaza. Towards the cathedral the entrance is signaled by the characteristic skylight.

Carmen Izquierdo

The facade of the building is made of a brass alloy, a natural material that ages with a rich and living texture, allowing the building to age into its surroundings; at the inauguration it shimmers like gold, but in a couple of years it will have oxidized into a deep and matte bronze color.

Carmen Izquierdo

The massive and heavy character of the material is balanced by the play of light in the interior spaces.

Carmen Izquierdo
Carmen Izquierdo

Carmen Izquierdo
Carmen Izquierdo
Carmen Izquierdo
Carmen Izquierdo

Location: Lund, Sweden Architects: Carmen Izquierdo Project Managers: Carmen Izquierdo & Andreas Hiller Collaborating Architects: Andreas Hermansson, Erik Törnkvist, Isabel Gonzaga, Malin Belfrage Area: 1,617 sqm Years: 2011 Client: Domkyrkrådet i Lund Photographs: Lindman Photography

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