City chapel

The Faith Community international evangelical church addressed us with a request for consultation whilst already looking for rental premises. With their budget set at the minimum, they aimed for maximum benefit for the community. After a series of failed negotiations and masses of difficult-to-adjust rentals, an unexpected jewel appeared at one of the courtyards in Prague Letna. An impressive but lifeless trilobite-shaped hall, built for the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia. The market needs of the 90's gradually impaired the hall with additional windows and transformed the garages into offices, which eventually led to its moral death. This initial look was the starting point of our conversion.

Other than the transformation of the office floor into a community centre, we built in a simple black & white temple box on the second floor of the adjoining courtyard building. We restored elevation and framed the hall with four monumental niches as backgrounds for the dressing rooms, the sound engineer, the musicians and the pastor. With the series of the improvements and interconnections we also increased the legitimate capacity from an office for 10 people back to an assembly hall. The fragility of a 'rented church' reflects in the fragility of its symbols. They reflect a thin line between a simple auditorium and a place for religious acts. In the spirit of evangelical tradition, where a church without people is no longer a church, the symbolism is limited to a detachable cross from a picture frame and the central projection. The proposed seating plan emphasizes the community's equality and intimacy. The colour scheme illustrates the belief that despite all complexity, some life decisions in terms of eternity remain clear.

Photo Studio Flusser