Fernando Menis Utilization of Concrete In The Scope of The Holy Redeemer Church

Adhitya Angga | Friday, 1 July 2022

The Holy Redeemer Church designed by Fernando Menis’, is located in La Laguna, Tenerife Island, Canary Islands, Spain. The construction of the church took years to become a very iconic church.

The Holy Redeemer Church designed by Fernando MenisExterior view of the altar of the Holy Redeemer Church.

This building is similar to the shape of the stone which is arranged randomly and contrasts with the mass of the surrounding buildings. In addition to the church, there are several public meeting areas in the vicinity, such as a community center and a public square surrounded by greenery. In Menis' understanding of the surrounding environment, he argues that the church is a necessary catalyst for urban and social changes that occur in the environment. New buildings must also create places that didn’t exist before, and contribute to bringing out their own character.

The Holy Redeemer Church designed by Fernando MenisThe Holy Redeemer Church is like a four-stone array emerging from the ground.

The Holy Redeemer Church designed by Fernando MenisLight comes in from the gap in the wall structure.

The Church building is inspired by volcanic geological phenomena as if the building is embedded in the ground and then rises high with 4 large uneven stone structures in each piece. The form of this contrasting building mass uses a rough exposed concrete material. In each volume, there is a narrow gap separating the four building volumes. The narrow slits are equipped with metal and glass materials for natural light circulation that enters the room.

The Holy Redeemer Church designed by Fernando MenisRock crevices as if the effect of broken stone into a medium in natural light.

The Holy Redeemer Church is dominated by concrete material, both on the inside and outside of the building. Concrete is thoroughly applied to all parts of the church, namely the exterior, interior, building structure, building form, and surface texture. Concrete material is widely used in this building because concrete is a common material commonly used so it is quite easy to use, as well as the energy efficiency found in the manufacture of concrete because of its isotropic properties, which are independent and can store heat energy, so the concrete is applied to a thick solid wall so that the temperature in the interior of the room remains stable.

The Holy Redeemer Church designed by Fernando Menis
Sloping concrete wall structure and doors with reinforced concrete material.

The Holy Redeemer Church designed by Fernando MenisFull concrete on the building envelope.

Fernando Menis also experimented on the impact of sound reflection in the room with concrete materials. The technique of applying concrete material in this building consists of 2 ways, namely for diffusion which is applied to conventional exposed concrete, and for absorption which is applied to a rough exposed concrete surface mixed with light porous volcanic rock. Thus, the result of the sound reflection from the walls of the building has good quality like in an opera and is also suitable for giving speeches and listening to music.

The Holy Redeemer Church designed by Fernando MenisThe atmosphere in the church with different concrete structures and textures.

The Holy Redeemer Church designed by Fernando MenisThe Holy Redeemer Church Floor Plan.

Project Information

Office Name :
Fernando Menis
Project Location :
La Laguna, Spain
Completion year :
2021
Photographer Name :
Simona Rota & Patri Cámpora
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