Church of the Nativity Competition
The Church of the Nativity finds its place in a natural refuge within an exposed landscape. Its rough outer shell protects a smooth inner shell, expressing the experience of shelter Mary and Joseph found in the stable in Bethlehem. The design builds on local materials, sky and light to express La Primavera’s connection to a broader world and its infinite aspirations. We drew upon the local retaining stone walls of varied colors and geometries, the hilled characteristics of the site, and local religious observances to connect this church to its specific place.