A Place of Tranquillity: Parish Centre in Bremen
Client: Bremische Evangelische Kirche
Architects: Völlmar Architektur und Katja-Annika Pahl
Location: Hermann-Heinrich-Meier-Allee 40, 28213 Bremen (DE)
To the left of the passageway leading to the courtyard, a concrete relief reminds visitors of the old building that once stood here. The hall features stratification of bricks laid horizontally and vertically in alternation, emphasizing the special role played by that particular structure in the complex. Higher up, the façade relief continues in a reclining cross. Like the altar, the baptismal font and the pulpit, it is the work of Bad Wörishofen’s artists Lutzenberger + Lutzenberger.
Apart from concrete and brick, larchwood completes the material triad of the façades. Of course, the wood is even more prominent inside – such as in the hall, where it forms a sort of second skin of swivel-mounted vertical slats. In the foyer of the congregation centre, larchwood determines the character of the space, here as a fitted element with a reception and coffee counter as well as their associated spaces. In the entryway to the day care, the theme of the wooden core continues as a two-storey inbuild that brings together the stairway and children’s cloakroom. The five group rooms of the day-care centre diverge from the introverted scheme of the building complex with their large windows, which turn outwards to overlook a garden with a playground. The day care has room for 100 children, including those with handicaps, thanks to special areas fitted with therapeutic equipment.