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Holzkirchen Parish church

The new Parish Centre is a clearly defined, pure architectural intervention in particularly heterogeneous surroundings. Church and parsonage are expressed as a single building facing a semi-public courtyard around which all functions are arranged. A pedestal emerges from the sloping terrain to harmoniously unite the church with the parsonage through a shared architectural idea and create a new outdoor realm in between. Cukrowicz Nachbaur’s design works within the established tradition of church architecture but develops an intense atmospheric quality of its own. The volume is divided into three layers. As the symbolic and functional centrepiece of the church, the altar occupies the middle such layer. The material palette for the church is robust and pure, conveying a sense of security and permanence. The elemental simplicity of whitewashed, fired earth bricks walls contribute to the modest and open atmosphere. 
Design Team: Andreas Cukrowicz, Anton Nachbaur-Sturm, Johanna Brunner, Anika Paschek, Laura Untertrifaller, Christian Schmölz in collaboration with Hermann Kaufmann
Client: Parish St. Josef, Holzkirchen D
Competition 2013 2nd Prize