St. Joseph’s Church Paris, French Place of Worship Building, Parisian Interior, French Architecture Photos

St. Joseph’s Church in Montigny-lès-Cormeilles

27 Jul 2021

Design: enia architectes

Location: Montigny-lès-Cormeilles, Paris, France

St. Joseph's Church Montigny-lès-Cormeilles

St. Joseph’s Church

St. Joseph’s Church is a Catholic place of worship with a modular capacity of 200 to 400, complete with religious education rooms, additional spaces for celebrations, and staff accommodations.

St. Joseph's Church Montigny-lès-Cormeilles

The architectural design of is simple, but recognizable. This simplicity expresses an abstraction: two rectangles touching each other at the corner, precisely; but also, a signifier, the stone rising to open the sepulcher. Above, verticals of color project at night light from within.

St. Joseph's Church Montigny-lès-Cormeilles

The treatment of the building envelope, with sobriety and precision, conveys the public and the religious character of the building. A limited palette of materials – light-colored glass, wood, light-colored concrete brick, and stained glass – gives a certain timeless abstraction to the volumetric composition, while reinforcing the symbolism of the building.

On the south façade, a double-skin light filtering device ensures optimal and regulated light diffusion without heat transmission. Its perception varies according to the lighting and serves as a beacon for the building from the street.

St. Joseph's Church in Montigny-lès-Cormeilles

On the East façade, the progression of the worshipper in the narthex is punctuated by some narrow and regular openings. Those openings are pierced and cladded in wood as a reminder of the main door, helping to highlight the dedicated space of worship.

St. Joseph's Church Montigny-lès-Cormeilles

The composition of the opaque parts (concrete walls, airspace and external insulation, concrete brick facing, and wood strips) limits thermal bridges.

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Integration of art: space modulated by light
For the realization of the furniture and stained-glass windows of this project, enia architectes collaborated with a team of craftsmen and artists experienced in working with noble materials. The stained-glass window, designed by Thierry Boissel, expresses the “Space of Glory”, extending the mystical space and the gathering space; the stained-glass window transforms and converts light into an expression of the spiritual atmosphere.

St. Joseph's Church Montigny-lès-Cormeilles

Inside the church, light is modulated to accompany the hierarchy of spaces. Through architectural devices, the sections of “matter” seem to detach themselves from each other to allow the light to penetrate, always transformed. The ceiling floats above the walls to allow light to pass through, and the choir wall stops at the boudary with light. The ceiling is pierced by skylights, one of the altar lights, one of the baptistery lights, and the walls are lined with 14 openings, symbolizing a Way of the Cross of light that passes through us and warms us.

French Place of Worship Building

The space articulates a contradiction: the church is a public space and a mystical space. The congregation space is covered with wood to welcome the diversity of the Montigny community, and the back of the nave opens onto the garden to extend the space.

St. Joseph's Church Montigny-lès-Cormeilles Paris Place of Worship Building

Materials and structure
The design uses a concrete structure to create a column-free, monumental nave, which extends to the maximum height allowed by local zoning. This structure also adapts to the requirements of the precisely detailed façade composition.

The façade is composed of concrete bricks, chosen for their durability, colour, and the precise brickwork it allows. The use of 5 cm modules creates thin horizontal lines on the façade, contrasting with the stained-glass windows made of vertical fritted glass channels. It also protects the exterior-facing insulation with noble materials.

The same material was repurposed for the interior floor of the church, with the same pattern as the façade extending on top of the underfloor heating. Cleaning and maintenance tests were carried out directly on a prototype on-site in order to clear building inspection approval. The innovative use of this material created a high-quality floor finish, for a very competitive price, which is both durable and easy to maintain.

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St. Joseph’s Church in Montigny-lès-Cormeilles, Paris – Building Information

Client: Diocese of Pontoise
A&E design team

Architecture: enia architectes

Engineering: S2T / TECAM / ECIB Lansdcape: SMall
Location: Montigny-lès-Cormeilles
BUA: 830 sqm
Program: Construction of a new church and a parish center
Construction cost: 2,5 M €
Type of work: Design and supervision services
Completion date: 2019

About enia architectes
Founded in Paris in 2003, enia architectes is one of the top 60 architecture and design firms in France. Directed by 3 architects from a multi-disciplinary background – Simon Pallubicki, Mathieu Chazelle, and Brice Piechaczyk – the office is supported by a solid and enthusiastic staff of 50 collaborators from 8 different nationalities.

St. Joseph's Church Montigny-lès-Cormeilles

Photographs © Epaillard Machado

St. Joseph’s Church, Montigny-lès-Cormeilles images / information received 270721 from enia architectes

Location: Montigny-lès-Cormeilles, Paris, France, western Europe

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