Surface: 6775 sqm
The study on the church in Tăutești involves a staged approach of a project that wants to define the area in the perspective of further development. The location contains the ruins of an old church built in 1840 and destroyed in World War II. It holds a special symbolism and a very important significance for the community, given that the current church was built exactly from the bricks resulting from the destruction of the old building.
At the border between rural and urban, in the immediate vicinity of Iasi, in a developing metropolitan area, the small church serves a relatively small population. The lack of infrastructure, justified by the lack of a clear objective further impedes the development of the area. For this reason, the development of an integrated concept is based on the rehabilitation of the existing building as well as the construction of two secondary buildings, including a bell tower.
The proposed architecture, a visionary one for the Orthodox cult, has very profound implications on the place of worship. The bell tower, from which the transparency is noticeable, highlights the existing construction. Walking easily through it and reaching the axis of the church, an intimate courtyard opens, in which we find basic functions as annexes in the churchyard – the procession hall, the church shop and the candler. The innovative element is the borrowing of the influences of other functions that manage to give the space a special character. The showcase presenting paintings of Saints, a commercial element, brings man closer to the Divinity, by comparison with the human scale.
Behind the church, following the sidewalk that serves the church for processions, on the side across the cemetery, the alley to the church store divides the candler into two distinct spaces, the bridge, the passage of this space with deep symbols – the crossroads between life and death. This stage, a religious one, ensuring spirituality, is part of a series of levels of development of the whole concept. The second stage, the cultural one, aims at developing a museum in the immediate vicinity in order to promote the tourism of the place.
The third stage, the social one, aims at the development of a social house for children that would work closely with the church.
And the last stage aims at developing an architectural installation on the ruins of the original church, which would restore the shape of the original church, to serve as a luminous objective, in close connection with the idea of guiding the road in darkness through light