Cinis, a non-religious sacral space

by Jaakko Heikinheimo from Oulu University, Faculty of Architecture, Finland
Tutored by: Rainer Mahlamäki, Janne Pihlajaniemi, Anna-Maija Ylimaula

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Cinis, a non religious sacral space

Definition of Cinis : Ash in latin

''Colors are light suffering and joy'' -Goethe
As the surfaces inside the Cinis are pitch black, the colors are being reflected only by its visitors.

Cinis is a public, non-religious sacral space. In a way, the secular, state of France seems to be a reasonable place for a building of this kind.

Cinis is a mixture of old Scandinavian wood church traditions and other religious buildings.

We tend to create the connection with something that we call the ''higher power''. In this approach, there is no hierarchy towards the unseen. That explains the symmetrical composition of the floor plan with its entrances on both sides. Therefore it is a place to respect each other, without any given order based on hierarchy. It is then a very democratic and somehow modernistic answer to the challenges of the sacral architecture.

In this approach, the building takes place in the city of Paris. Anyway, Cinis as a building, can be moved to anywhere as it is built from elements, respecting then also the traditions of the movable timber-buildings which combines with the trend of mobility.

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