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Wednesday, December 19, 2018
09/02/2018

AIX Arkitekter, Kata Farm in Varnhem (Sweden)

 
On a hill near Varnhem’s monastery, excavation work began in 2005 that uncovered the ruins of a 9th-century Christian church, Sweden’s oldest.

To protect the remains found and create a room for exhibitions, the Stockholm firm AIX Arkitekter has raised a large roof formed by a superstructure – 12 x 19 x 12 meters – made of laminated timber beams forming an equilateral triangle in its cross-section. The roof trusses, which form the slanting walls, are placed on horizontal sill plates of glued laminated timber, which rest on a number of pillars set on the ground, and are covered on top by a pine tar-treated woodroof. Glazed railing gives visitors a view of the foundations and the masonry of the original church from above.
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