Ethiopian Church in Stockholm shortlisted for World Architecture Festival

The Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church in Stockholm, designed by Belatchew Arkitekter, has been shortlisted for this year’s World Architecture Festival Awards in the Civic – Future Projects category.

Composed of coloured concrete, inspired by the ‘red of African soil’ and the weight and materiality of the rock hewn churches of Lalibela in northern Ethiopia, the church hopes to create a place of community, and revisit traditional Ethiopian architecture elements.

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Scandinavian influences are visible, as through the use of wood via the large timber frames and panels on the interior.

The church’s main feature is its large, round hall complete with a central dome made of copper. Its introvert volume absorbs daylight, while the lack of opening in the facade enables visitors to separate from the surrounding neighbourhood and immerse themselves in worship.

The windowless facade also enhances the sculptural feature of the building, emphasising the rough materiality of the red concrete.

A source of inspiration – a church in northern Ethiopia

The 10th edition of the World Architecture Festival will be held in Berlin from November 15 to November 17. This year will see the first installment of WAF Manifesto, which identifies key challenges that architects need to address over the next 10 years, like climate, energy and carbon.

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