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Rottenburg Bishop´s Burial Vault

The current Suelchen church was constructed between 1447 and 1454 in the Late Gothic style. Renovation works revealed an earlier church with three apses dating from the ninth century which bears some similarities to the Abbey of Saint John. Remains of another church, from the sixth century, are believed to lie beneath. Our scheme has adopted the underlying axial symmetry from the church building. Open space created by excavations will be occupied by a monolithic volume, forming a link for the new foundation to the existing nave. The new spaces will be depicted as extractions from the overall monolithic structure.  A stairway links the upper church to the lower. The focal point of the complex is the oratory: a taller room, the flanks of which house the burial vault. The archaeological excavations are accessed via a landing which lies further along the axis established by the first stairway. Two alcoves in the monolithic volume, which lie opposite the probable position of the side apses, support the exhibition of smaller artefacts. All rooms will be enclosed in rammed earth; preserving the sense of eternal peace which this timeless place evokes. The complex will be developed according to an intricate system of mathematical ratios, proportions and symbols.

Design and Project Team: Andreas Cukrowicz, Anton Nachbaur Sturm, Michael Mayer
in cooperation mit Wiesler Zwirlein Architekten, Stuttgart
Exhibition Design: mm+, HG Merz, Stuttgart
Client: Bistum Rottenburg-Stuttgart
Competition 2014 1st Prize, Construction 2015-17