Curated by Paula Pintos
CHURCHES, RENOVATION • STUTTGART, GERMANY
Architects : Schleicher ragaller architekten
Year : 2019
Photographs : Zooey Braun
Manufacturers : Vectorworks, Horgenglarus AG
Lead Architects : Domenik Schleicher, Michael Ragaller
Design Team : Talip Ekizoglu
Clients : Catholic Decanate City of Stuttgart
Engineering : Harald Klotz Engineers, Stuttgart
Light : LunaLicht, Karlsruhe
Artist : Martin Bruno Schmid, Stuttgart
City : Stuttgart
Country : Germany
Textual content description offered by the architects. An increasing number of persons are leaving the church, increasingly are in quest of spirituality. St Fidelis in Stuttgart reacts to this with an open programme. Since December 2019, the virtually 100 years outdated Catholic church has additionally been a centre of spirituality and church music. schleicher.ragaller architekten designed a spot of silence for believers and people in search of life’s which means.
Buses, suburban railways, automobiles – Seidenstrasse within the west of Stuttgart is characterised by visitors and noise. But amid the hectic on a regular basis life, St Fidelis gives contemplative quietness. The Catholic church was in-built 1924/1925 in line with plans by Clemens Hummel, modelled on Italian basilicas and in a stylistic competitors of historicism and modernism. Destroyed all the way down to the outer partitions in 1944, the home of God was reconstructed by Hugo Schlösser with a homogeneous inside concerning the colors. After the Second Vatican Council in 1964, Rudolf und Maria Schwarz newly oriented the church.
After this eventful historical past and the newest renovation by schleicher.ragaller architekten, St Fidelis has now come to relaxation in the interim. The as delicate as ubiquitous feeling of soothing silence all of a sudden units in. It’s the elimination of the whole lot that’s superfluous and the concentrate on all that’s essential which dominates the three-nave church.
The continual Travertine flooring and the unobtrusive wood coffered ceiling produce beneficiant, homogeneous surfaces. The ambiance is festively shiny. The stained-glass home windows created by Georg Meistermann can now take impact simply as a lot as his photographs of the Stations of the Cross within the aisles. Impressed by Leo von Klenze, figures of saints and votive candles come into their very own on stone pedestals in concave niches.
It was the late Maria Schwarz who, in private conversations, had inspired the architects to implement the concept of communion. This neighborhood spirit turns into manifest within the new seating association of St Fidelis. The ambo and the altar produce a longitudinal axis within the central nave.
Parallel to it, the devoted are sitting going through one another throughout the service. In an enchanting approach, the Stuttgart artist Martin Bruno Schmid developed the liturgical parts out of a single limestone monolith. The architects built-in a room of silence into the chancel. This wood “inside chancel” illuminated from above is the center of the religious centre. Nothing distracts from one’s personal self.
With six portal doorways, this place of meditation and prayer might be opened to the church corridor. The frenzy of the road stays outdoors.