Alphaville Architects — Kentaro Takeguchi & Asako Yamamoto — Catholic Suzuka Church — Suzuka City, Japan
Located at the intersection of the old highway and the new motorway, the Catholic Suzuka Church is buried in the neighborhoods and hard to be recognized, the design concept is wrapping three different usage buildings by the big new one roof which reminds of the beautiful mountain range surrounds this area to make this architecture look sublime.
The whole church is lifted up to gain the enough car park area for masses on Sundays, and the roof is split every five meters, parking lot module, to make high-side lit that introduce the natural light from the south into interior space where rooms of various sizes from church to bedroom are crowded. And as the piloti and the church on the second floor are connected with two gentle stairs forming corridors along with two large entrance lobbies, this architecture allows various activities flexibly like praying, gathering or dwelling not to separate from the ground floor, the city, and to be enhanced weather they are individual or collective, under the one roof. The European function married with the suburban American motorized style as a contemporary architecture in Suzuka Japan.