The church of Saint Jacques de la Lande

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The church of Saint Jacques de la Lande

This church is an important historical monument for the area as it is the first church to be built in the Brittany region in the 21st century.

The Portuguese architect Alvaro Siza completed the project for a new church in the north-west of France. In order to integrate the building into the neighborhood, a residential community south of Rennes, Siza has chosen to use white cement, a material that blends well with the surrounding buildings.

The self-supporting structure has been modeled and oriented in response to the existing floor and the size of the buildings and the surrounding spaces. The ground floor contains social and administrative areas, while the church itself, which can accommodate up to 126 people, is located on the upper floor. A side chapel to the south contains the baptismal font, while a semicircular apse contains the tabernacle.

The church is illuminated from above and indirectly, with natural light reflected on the ceiling and on the cylindrical walls. A basement contains technical and storage areas. The circulation between the floors is via an elevator and two stairs, one of which is reserved. The white reinforced concrete was used for the load-bearing walls of the church, while the interior of the project is paved in marble.


The church of Saint Jacques de la Lande
The church of Saint Jacques de la Lande
The church of Saint Jacques de la Lande
The church of Saint Jacques de la Lande
The church of Saint Jacques de la Lande
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