Enia architectes : Église Saint-Joseph

The faithful of Montigny-Lès-Cormeilles (95) finally benefit from a new place of worship! The Christians of the town, who hitherto gathered in a dilapidated prefabricated building from the 1970s, now enjoy a bright and contemporary temple built by teams from the Enia architectes agency. Back to a divine project.

The construction of the Saint-Joseph church is part of the repolarization of the parish of Montigny-Lès-Cormeilles. The faithful, living mainly in the suburban area of ​​the commune, then had to move around in the old Montigny or be satisfied with a provisional chapel of the quarter taking place in a prefabricated building from the 1970s, precarious and archaic.

It is on this land that the project managers designed the new place of worship: the Saint-Joseph church, a modular place of worship that can accommodate up to 400 believers and also including a space dedicated to Catholic teachings as well as housing. If the architects had carte blanche as to the aesthetics of the project, they nevertheless had to deal with a few constraints: a sloping ground, an inability to build at the edge of the street and the need to make the new building visible from it.
Enia's teams therefore erect a frame at the bottom of the plot accompanied by a campanile at the edge of the sidewalk which acts as a signal on the boulevard. Regarding the temple site, the architects bet on a refined architecture, two immaculate monoliths energized by a contemporary stained glass wall signed Thierry Boissel.

Users enter the enclosure via a generous narthex open both to the community area and the glass nave overlooking a large green area. Comprising 200 constant seats, the modular set can reach a capacity of 400 seats thanks to a gallery and transformable meeting rooms. On the second level, above the atrium, are the catechism rooms as well as the priest's accommodation.
Inside, the architectural language also focuses on sobriety, warmed by the presence of wood and the color brought by the 120 square meter stained glass window composed of lines of various shades. A real highlight of the show, this translucent wall is made from pieces of structural glass, enamelled and then twice soaked. A luminous addition embellished with an overhead light to illuminate the nave and the altar.

The ideal example of a religious construction rooted in modernity.

To learn more, visit Enia architectes website

Photographs / Illustrations: Epaillard + Machado

Zoe Térouinard

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