SedlčanyCommunity Centre is situated close to the historic centre of Sedlčanyin Central Bohemia, south of Prague. It consists of two buildings establishinga natural transition between the town’s historic block structure and the less densely developed area.
Thetenement house ends the street line establishing a corner. The point of gravity of the slightly stepped-back houseof prayer is rotated towards the town’s centre closing and orienting the newmunicipal park at the same time.
Two different approaches are used for the tenement houseand the house of prayer; the more traditionally conceived tenement house is byits expression and composition conforms to the house of prayer establishing aquality space for it.
The house of prayer’sshape builds on the intersection of a crystalline form and organic shape of thecurve. The solid form composed of individual planes and lines fixed into theground symbolizes the limited space of life. A curve as a soft organic elementrepresents the spontaneity and dynamics of life – a curve that disbalances usfrom the solid form.
The spiritual dimensionof the building’s character is expressed by the vertical composition of thelight, generous glazed areas above the rostrum. From the structural point ofview, the house of prayer consists of three concrete slabs leaning against eachother. Its façade is made of expanded sheet metal. A red foil is placed belowthe sheets creating the final colour effect. The house of prayerchanges its colour during daytime depending on the intensity and direction ofsunlight. The colour scheme is alsoaffected by the distance from the house of prayer. When we are close to it, weperceive the red colour more; when we walk away, the silver colour takes over.
The internal space isdivided by four vertical walls longitudinally; contrary, lateral walls areinclining. Composition-wise, the mainhall is at its peak above the most crucial liturgic element – the baptistery,the heart of the entire house of prayer.
The sculptor Jaroslava Kadlecová approached the shape of the baptisteryas a transcription of the liturgic act of baptism. The side chapels in the left section of the hallestablish higher spaces for a more intimate liturgy. Contrary to that, thegenerously designed ceremonial entrance in the back part of the main hallexpresses the openness of the space, removing the barrier between the exteriorand the interior.