Catholic Parish Church Neuendettelsau, FRG
The qualities of the entire ensembles are identified, the existing church is preserved and modified as part of the community center.
Activation and enhancement of the structure through the opening of the southeastern edge.
Diversified zoning through backwards displacement of the courtyard façade. The resulting colonnade pathway joins the church room, the chapel and provides a roofed connection to the rectory.
A new translucent wooden layer will be implanted to the existing building structure creating the new place of worship. - Psalm 104.2 Loblieb auf den Schöpfer: „Who coverest thyself with light as with a garment, /Who stretchest out the heavens like a curtain” (Cantai-lhe hinos e cânticos, anunciai todas as suas maravilhas.) . The southern cloth-like inner shell opens up to a gassed atrium and orients the space to the liturgical sites. This heightens the altar and the ambo and makes their stepless location self-evident while allowing diverse seating systems for the community.
The chapel with the existing statue of the Virgin Mary is also oriented to the vineyard planted courtyard, which is only accessible for maintenance purposes.
The tabernacle is located n the common wall between the space of worship and the chapel and is visible from both sides.
The place of baptism lies safely by the entrance on the way to the altar.
The line-up of the choir and the organ is basically flexible and depends on the chair arrangement.
The gathering around the altar in a “sacred circle” opens up to the “holy awakening”, giving direction to the unoriented room.
The new U-shaped translucent room structure conveys „between centrality and longitudinally, between Communio and believed orientation to the upcoming“ (Albert Gerhards).