Herz Jesu Kirche

Herz Jesu Kirche (or Sacred Heart Church) presents itself as an open, bright and vibrant building. The glass facade encloses an inner shell made of maple strips. These two, together with counter-rotating cubes standing material properties of light enters a different color and intensity in the church.The arrangement of the vertical wood slats allows for a continuously increasing brightness toward the altar, while the opaque facade in this area prevents insight into the altar room. Between the inner and outer cube runs a crossroads that is the stations of the Via Dolorosa in Jerusalem. The front of the building is dominated by large, intense blue glass doors that open on special holidays.

The Herz Jesu Kirche, set in a residential suburb of Munich, was built by the architects Allmann Sattler Wappner subsequent to a competition organized by the Archbishop of Munich. Their entry, selected over 150 others, employs a modernist vocabulary in a 16 metre high cubic glass structure. light, frequently present in catholic churches as a symbolic element, here plays a central role. A stylized cross, made from gold metal mesh, that could be a geometric decor graces the pale maple interior wall behind the altar. other reminiscences of more ancient architecture, from the bluish glass near the entrance to the opening walls that recall opened arms, convincingly bridge the gap between past and present. A structural purity is obtained by concentrating the necessary mechanical facilities in the basement of this DM 28 million church.


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