Parish Community Center Lidečko / Studio AEIOU
Text description provided by the architects. The project concerns the reconstruction of the 16th century presbytery (2nd unfinished phase) and the design of the social hall (1st completed phase) of the parish center of the Roman Catholic Church in Lidečko. The constructive modifications respond to the relocation of functions within the building and adapt their availability as well as possible to the new requirements. The community hall conceptually closes the plot, connects its parts and creates space for outdoor activities. Symbolism in the concept of architecture as a process emphasizes the meaning and purpose of the building.
The beginning is a representative public space in front of the church, used for religious and community gatherings. The route circumvents the covered public space, from the exterior vestibule to the rear terrace, passing through the torso of the old farmhouse wall. The terrace offers a place both for the parish (ceremonies, exhibitions, theatre, concerts, etc.) and for associations or municipal bodies. In the space between the Parish Center and the church, there is a gathering of people from near and far circles of the local community. The covered area is designed to work even in bad weather.
The Social Hall, which varies in layout, is structurally designed as a brick building with traditional larch shingle cladding. The exterior part consists of a purlin column construction in fir and spruce, the terrace is in larch. The curved trusses are made of glued spruce elements. The cladding is a Czech larch split shingle on a wooden grid. The roof with painted aluminum sheet cladding forms an independent shell above the hall ceiling, creating outdoor storage space. The structure of the room is made of ceramic shards. The building is technically and technologically independent from the operation of the existing presbytery.
Rainwater is diverted from the roof by two solid larch troughs, the main trough drains it into a fountain at the center of gravity of the outdoor gathering space. The building was built on the site of the original cultural center in the 1950s. The entire parish and fellow citizens related to it participated financially and manually in the construction. There were different brigades, craftsmen worked for the fee, and it was mainly thanks to this that the project could be created.