Organic architecture - New Reformed church in Cluj-Napoca

There are four new churches in my neighborhood on a 700 square meter spot, of different religions and believes. Three of them are "under construction" since 20 years.
The fourth church, the one in the photo, is a modern Reformed church, with an organic architecture, built between 1997-2008 and designed by Imre Makovecz, Hungary's most highly acclaimed architect.
New reformed church in Cluj Napoca designed by architect Imre Makovecz
New reformed church in Cluj Napoca designed by architect Imre Makovecz - interiorThe shapes of architect Makovecz's buildings are nothing like we are used to see, they are not limited to the classical principles of Euclidean geometry, but reinterpreting the rich symbolic baggage of Hungarian tradition, they lead to a union between past and present.

Makovecz's works constitute an element of conjunction between modernity and tradition. The buildings are connected to people, to place, to the landscape, to the nation.

The use of materials particularly familiar in the national panorama such as wood, gives the buildings a traditional aspect, in a modern social context.
Decorations inspired by nature are constant elements in his architectural creations: openings surrounded by shapes of branches and trees, designs of leaves, symbols of life.
Ceiling of the new reformed church in Cluj Napoca designed by architect Imre Makovecz - interior

About the architect Imre Makovecz.

Makovecz is one of the most prominent proponents of organic architecture. Organic architecture is a philosophy of architecture which promotes harmony between human habitation and the natural world.
Makovecz was known for many years in his native country, Hungary and first gained international recognition with his extraordinary pavilion at the Seville Expo in 1992.

His original architectural works are famous world wide.
Some of them are to be admired in Transylvania and in my next post I shall show you some more pictures of these interesting buildings.

3 comments:

Patrick said...

The interior images are beautiful and the subject of your post is very interesting.

Beth Lantinga said...

I would like to use the lighter interior shot of the modern reformed church in Cluj in my blog. May I have permission?

Maia T said...

You are using it already, ingeniously cropped just above the watermark. Why do you even bother to ask?

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