You are using an outdated browser. Please upgrade your browser to improve your experience.

print article Print article

Ecumenical Church in Freiburg

Scarcely recognizable as an ecclesiastical building from the outside, this 15-metre-high monolithic concrete structure houses a Catholic and Protestant church and a community centre. Eight-metre-high sliding concrete walls allow the three parts of the complex – with a central common foyer and baptismal font – to be joined together for ecumenical services. The mood in the Catholic church on the western side is contemplative, with daylight entering via only a few openings. The seating is drawn round the altar. In contrast, a large opening in the east face lends the Protestant church a bright, lively atmosphere. The folded outer walls – up to 2 m thick on the west face – give the volume a strong sense of rhythm.
This article is taken out of the following magazine:
DETAIL 9/2004

Konzept Ecclesiastical Buildings

See magazine
Product teaser


Detail Newsletter

We will keep you informed about international projects, news on architectural and design topics, research and current events in our newsletter.