San Josemaría Escrivá Church
San Josemaría Escrivá Church

San Josemaría Escrivá Church

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  • Location Mexico City, Mexico
  • Status Built
  • Year 2009

Program

  • Public

Project Leader

  • Jorge Isaías

Construction Area

  • 4.671 m2

Terrain Area

  • 7.000 m2

Located on a reclaimed urban site in Santa Fe; the Josemaría Escrivá Church and Community Center is built around the relationship between architecture and light. The design concept began with the repetition of seven golden rectangles, over which are traced two curved lines that refer to the traditional Ichthus or fish symbol. These rise up in straight lines set on a diagonal to form a Cross of Light. On the outside, this geometric union forms two curved mantles clad with zinc panels. These generate interesting textures as the sun moves during the day. On the inside, the walls are clad with strips of wood that adapt to the curved walls that rise up without touching and allow light to enter.

For the external surfaces, zinc panels in the form of scales create an insulating and flexible skin that defines the structure erected over the stone plinth, a base formed from terraces where olive trees and other plants grow. The main building defines the overall form of the complex, with a narthex that stands out with its height and spatial organization, while the automatic doors opening onto the side atrium indicate the connection to the exterior.

San Josemaría Escrivá Church
San Josemaría Escrivá Church