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St Jan’s Roman Catholic church at Eindhoven, Netherlands by Grinten en Heidenrijk

A case study from a piece on church design featured in Manplan 5: Religion

Manplan 5 was originally published in March 1970, and was republished online in May 2016. Read the full piece on church design here

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St Jan’s Roman Catholic church at Eindhoven (architect van der Grinten en Heidenrijk) represents an adaptation to church use of an industrial environment. Dufflecoat planning, inside hard finishes everywhere, outside a suggestion that perhaps the congregation make spare parts for Phillips during the week. Of particular interest is the use of dwarf walls to define the worship area. Behind these, at a height one metre above the main floor level is a platform which can be used for extra seating (the church seats 460 without it) but is more commonly used as social space. In daytime the artificial lighting does not seem strong enough to prevent glare from the relatively low clerestory, which gives cave-like effect.

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