GPS/POI: 59.7309,9.8710
GPS/UTM: 211786E, 6632596N
Departure point:

Vestfossen kirke

  • COUNTY: Buskerud
  • MUNICIPALITY: Øvre Eiker
  • DIOCESE: Tunsberg
  • JOINT PARISH COUNCIL: Øvre Eiker kirkelige fellesråd
  • BUILDING CATEGORY: Arbeidskirke/menighetssenter

Vestfossen kirke located in Vestfossen parish in Eiker rural deanery. The building material is stone/brick and was built in 2010. The church is of rectangular plan and 400 number of seats.
Architect: Arkitektkompaniet A/S.


The church fires of the 1990s contributed in part to the increase in church building around the turn of the millennium. The processes related to the burnt churches often revealed a polarisation between the core congregation, who wanted a modern and preferably centrally-located working church, and the rest of the local community, who wanted a traditional church on the original site - or at any rate a church that "looks like a church".

On average, three new churches a year have been consecrated since 2000. The building styles vary; multivalent architecture is the norm. Many of the churches are built in traditional forms or with elements of local building practice. Some are multi-use buildings in modern styles, while many are freer compositions with a more or less sculptural feel.

One exciting new tendency is a closer connection between architect and artist, so that building structure and art melt together into an integrated whole, such as in Mortensrud Church (2002) and Søm Church (2004).

As regards the church space itself, the traditional long church form appears to be reinforcing its position. The church interior itself is now more clearly delimited, and there is more emphasis on creating a "holy space" for our times. The "folding door" model is also less in evidence.

The material nature of society and the relativisation of perceptions of faith appear to have created a new basis for the universal and intangible, where the church becomes a place for spiritual experience at the interface between tradition and reorientation. Art is no longer a kind of biblical picture book, but has a more abstract and universal character. In this way, the church architecture of our time, just as in previous times, reflects the society and the religious context in which it has been formed.