3-D Translation of Architecture creates Autobahn Chapel, Germany

3-D Translation of Architecture creates Autobahn Chapel in Germany by winning design proposal by schneider+schumacher from a competition in 2009. The chapel’s form is a three-dimensional translation of a typical church pictogram with two pointed steeples. from a closer view.

The building appears to grow out of the hillside, via its bridged walkway leading to a covered entrance. on the interior, a domed ceiling is created by a grid shell of curving wood profiles. daylight from spires’ skylights illuminate the space through the vaulted structure.

Let’s have a get some important facts and fundamental approach toward Architecture creates Autobahn Chapel.

3-D Translation of Architecture creates Autobahn Chapel in Germany

  • From the Desk of Architect :

Architect michael schumacher describes the conceptual basis as follows: ‘motorway service areas are places with an unmistakably direct message.

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Huge signs point to what goes on here: filling-up, eating, sleeping and maybe also, for a bit of distraction, a visit to a gaming mall. they are little cities, but without the subtle layers – no spaces for quiet contemplation or prayer, no beautiful spaces.

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The small motorway church offers an opportunity to fulfill these fundamental needs, and provides these in a place where they are arguably most lacking.

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For a building to make an impact in such surroundings, it needs to talk the same unmistakably direct language (at least on the exterior).

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Whether approached from afar from the Dortmund direction, or from the motorway service area, the church represents a built version of the motorway church signage.

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Even though its exterior form is abstract, it still signals in an immediate and direct way: ‘i am a church!’ ‘

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  • project info :

Location: wilnsdorf, germany
Procurement documentation: competition 03/2009
Construction dates: 03/2011 – 05/2013
Site area: approx. 500 sqm
Gross floor area: approx. 240 sqm
Gross volume: approx. 2.050 scm
Dimensions: chapel, approx. 14 x 14 m + access bridge
Client: autobahnkirchenverein siegerland e.V. / herr hartmut hering, frau ute pohl
Architecture: schneider+schumacher planungsgesellschaft mbH
Project architect: michael schumacher
Project manager: hans eschmann
Construction manager: kerstin högel
Team: michael schumacher, hans eschmann, kerstin högel, alexander volz, ragunath vasudevan, elmar lorey, jana heidacker
Structural engineers: b+g ingenieure bollinger und grohmann gmbH
Building services: rpb ingenieure gmbH
Surveyor: dipl.-ing. j. seelbach
Structural work (reinforced concrete): w. hundhausen bauunternehmung gmbH
Structural work (wood construction): holzbau amann gmbH
Windows: metallbau weinmann
Facadesurface coating: elacoat gmbH
Steel-staircase: ernst stahl- u. treppenbau gmbH
Flooring: obering. kaspar könig & söhne, hartmut thielmann baugeschäft
Interior wooden construction (plus furniture): schreinerei hein gmbH
Lighting: ERCO gmbH
Ventilation / floor heating: robin sohn gmbH
Electrical work: michael pitthan gmbH
Doors: metallbau weinmann, holzbau amann gmbH

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The new highway church is composed with a square nave, two spire towers, and an access bridge at the southwest corner.

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The exterior has a monolith white materiality, and takes an angular and dynamic form.

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The internal space is shaped by a vaulted ceiling, which is constructed of 66 engineered lumber (oriented strand board) profiles.

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The timber ribs are slotted into one another to create a rigid and self supporting structure.

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