In the landscape of Valer, which is dotted with forests, the church- and graveyard is a spacious, calming place with tranquil waves. The burnt-down church used to surmount the top (crest) of these “waves”, compared to this, the surroundings are located in a subordinate situation. In the homogenous, structured landscape-texture which is formed by the gravestones, the New Church together with its complementary functions compose a bigger scale, which can not refer to a dense urban texture, so it is floating in the space. The answer of the New Church to the given situation is to follow the geometrical axis of the Old Church and it identifies oneself in the same spirituality, as one unit.
The New Church is afloat in this landscape: it is core-like, which symbolizes the beginning of the new, and is ship-like, which carries the symbolic of preserving. This sense is strengthened by the structure as well, which is visually kept away from the ground. The shape is introverted, which helps contemplation and delving in the thoughts and contemplation, nevertheless remains invitating, keeps human character.
The upper floor sits on the same level, as the Old Church had its ground level, this serves as acoustically divided place for services (worship) and public life of the community.
The congregation may use the basement and ground floor level as well, both of which offers the possibility of joining these spaces with outside located open (but covered) spaces. This variety helps the multifunctional usage and generates public life.
The form of the building carries number of readings (=meanings), the inner space may be read as “eye watching heavenwards”, at the same time the inner nave uses light as building material: as the lights and shadows graze along the inner surfaces of the walls.
To this atmosphere small light gaps, windows are added, one of them has the task of marking out the altar, the other is important in order to establish visual contact to tress, the outside nature. The spaces of the basement are bordered by huge glass surfaces, this has the aim of emphasizing the openness of the public life – this is the base of the congregation.
During darkness, the lights of the basement floors strengthen the floating effect of the building, and also makes the mass volume more lightweight.
Regarding the environment, it is an important aspect, that not many new elements are needed, rather to emphasizing extant (given) elements. The gravestones of the yard can bit by bit surround the new building. The southeastern territory can also be connected to the closer area of the church by planting more trees. The given footpaths, serving buildings makes only minimal interventions necessary. We align the terrain to its natural morphology and slopes, without horizontal offsets (without artifical terraces).
Two materials are dominant: wood and stone. The lower part of the building is characterized by the stone, which grows form the ground, the upper airy structure is a wooden frame structure. Between the two, glass is the dividing material.
The wood is used – in many aspect – as a kind of cortex. On the one hand, because of its layered structure, which covers the frame from both sides (inner and outer surfaces). On the other hand, the vertical slatted surfaces (made from rough-edged larch) gives a visually rich facture, which has the effect of real cortex.
In the inner space this surface has very good acoustic features.
From outside, the weather-resistancy is ensured by a white, very transparent and lightly pigmented stain (a type of whitewash paint) to accentuate natural wood grain and character. In the inner space, natural larch is used without painting. The core-like space is homogenous: walls, ceiling, floor and furnitures makes one unity.