Martin Luther Church by Coop Himmlb(l)au
Steel vortices rise from the new protestant church of Hainsburg (Austria), consecrated this past August. It was designed by Viennese studio Coop Himmlb(l)au, also behind the new headquarters of the Central European Bank. Martin Luther Church is a place of worship that is highly recognizable, tied to the architectural roots of the city and striving for visual harmony with the surrounding urban fabric.
The Austrian firm intervened on the Parish center dedicated to Martin Luther, adding a prayer room, a Parish space, a pastor’s office and a bell tower. An operation that took place in the center of town, on the site of the previous religious building which collapsed in the XVII century.
Next to the bell tower and the self-supporting steel structure rises the church, of a shape similar to that of a table standing on 4 columns and surmounted by a sinuous roof also in steel.
Its stylistic language is inspired by the curved shape of the roof of a nearby Romanic charnel house, translated into contemporary form through the use of digital technology. The technology was used by private shipyards in the Baltic sea, equipped with instrumentations fit for the complex modelling of metals.
The dynamic exteriors contrast with the peacefulness and tranquility of the internal ceiling, covered in plaster, on which three large skylights let the natural light filter through and lighten the volume.
Photos via coop-himmelblau.at
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