The image we have of a church is that of a large building with a bell tower that stands out among the nearby houses in a town or city. Genesis Church in London is completely different.
Genesis is the name given to the world’s first floating church. Technically it is a ship that will navigate the canals of London. But in addition to this curious function, it has other peculiarities.
Due to the reduction in the number of priests and places of worship, many priests have to travel from church to church every week to carry out their work. The dioceses of San Pablo and Santa María de Etón, in London, came up with the opposite idea: instead of the priest traveling to different churches … Why not build a church that would travel to the parishioners?
He commissioned the project to the Denizen Works team of architects, who designed the Genesis floating church. A ship that already sails through the London canals, with the capacity to perform trades with 40 people seated while sailing, and up to 60 people standing, if docked. You can see it in this video:
From a technological and design point of view, which is what interests us, this floating church stands out for its folding roof, which stretches or shrinks like an accordion. Or more specifically, like the organ of a church.
This 8.5 meter long roof folds out when there is a ceremony on the ship, and is lowered all the way down to cross under the narrow bridges on London’s canals.
Both the benches and the tables are foldable, to free up space for all kinds of events, as it will not be used only to give mass.
The Genesis floating church has cost 650,000 pounds, about 715,000 euros . In addition to serving its parishioners, it will be rented for private events and schools.
Although the churches have maintained a fairly homogeneous design for centuries, they adapt to the new times with curious proposals.