The Czech architectural firm QARTA Architektura has designed a new community center for The Brethren Church in Kladno. The new building will serve as a spiritual retreat as well as a venue for recreational activities.
The Christian community center, located in the Czech town of Kladno, will focus on organizing various events beyond the spiritual programs, such as recreational activities for young people and adults. Their mission also includes caring for the needy and supporting the disabled or those in crisis. As the center’s wide range of activities could no longer be accommodated in its original building, a new site was chosen, one that would provide enough space for classrooms, a small café, offices, and a garden.
The new center, designed by the Czech QARTA Architektura, is a single-story garden pavilion. The concept of its interior was inspired by a symbolic experience of the opposition between light and shadow, created by the building’s dominant element, its skylight. This is what defines the building’s center of gravity, concentrating and diffusing sunlight, and through this, creating a symphony of light and darkness. The center’s dominant architectural features include the reinforced concrete pergola, the steel-framed glass windows, and the brick cladding that dominates both the exterior and interior walls.