Project: Templo Aldeia
Architecture: NEBR Arquitetura – Edson Muniz (autor); Mateus Andrade (team)
Construction: RR Construções
Landscaping: Ivan Alves
Location: São Lourenço da Mata, Brazil
Photo credits: Felipe Petrovsky
As for you, have you ever noticed how the world seems ugly from the start? Did you pay attention to the lack of gentle contours in things? Everything is hard and fere. I observe, you observe how he moves without collisions between the gums. Does it seem docile to you, just as sinuous, avoiding touches that might crush it? Because it seems false to me, I know it’s his plots and I know of all the times that he concedes so that he doesn’t do anything wrong. Olha, ouve, repair: these sinuosities are like a cobra, not a bird. – Caio Fernando Abreu
Temple, derived from the Latin word “templum”, signifies a sacred place. However, what are the characteristics that define the sacredness of a space? And what if it is of an ecumenical nature? There are plenty of questions, but answers are scarce. In the fact of this narrative, its establishment takes place in the bucolic territory of Aldeia, the metropolitan region of Recife.
In the sensitive attempt to delineate that intangible from plural perspective, a strong volume of calligraphy emerges from the solid ground, ascending towards the sky. In explicit and intentional contrast with the lust Atlantic forest, two white hypotenuses attenuate a certain dichotomy between the sacred and the profane.
A shelter with a simple soul, devoid of doors, with the walls, and blue floor, welcomes everyone that overflows with shadows and truth in symbiosis with the structure. Everything reverberates, the rest is silence.