St. Hallvard Church

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St. Hallvard Church

OSLO, NORWAY 2018

A restrained palette of materials and precise geometry characterize the church and cloister St. Hallvard, drawn by architects Lund+Slaatto and completed in 1966. The church gained its status as a listed building in 2012. It is a popular destination for architects and Catholics alike with a queue of people extending out through the front door during mass. The wear and tear of the building, as well as the need to accommodate the flexibility expected of a modern church, made it overdue for a complete refurbishment in 2018.

Light Bureau were engaged by the Catholic Church to lead the relighting of all publicly accessible areas of the building. The relighting was a balancing act of adding functionality without compromising the strong architectural expression. Decoding the balance of light within the church, as originally intended by the architects, was crucial in order to understand how to add additional lighting to each space. Our guiding principle for the relighting was to maintain the tension between artificial and natural light which entered the rooms from opposing directions and gave them an ever-changing character. This informed in which areas we could add new luminaires and whether they would be visible, hidden in plain sight or concealed by naturally occurring shade.

Architect: Lund+Slaatto