Kirche Murten by Walser Architekturteam AG

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Project Details:

Type: Religious Architecture

Architect: Walser Architekturteam AG

Location: Switzerland

Address: Freiburgstrasse 73 3280 Murten

Program: Church

Year: 2018

Area: 405 sq.m.

Photographer: Marc Walser

Text provided by the architects

Prominent appearance

The new church convinces through its self-confident appearance at this busy location in the industrial area at the edge of the city of Murten.

Kirche Murten by Walser Architekturteam AG
Photograph © Marc Walser

The building is divided into two main bodies: The hall which is 11 meters high and the side wing which is 3.80 meters high. Those two structures close the space against the street. Together with the surrounding wall, the plant room and the four existing plane trees they build a protected outside space from where one can enter the foyer. The hall offers 150 seats and grants the building with its big height the required presence in this barren landscape.

Kirche Murten by Walser Architekturteam AG
Photograph © Marc Walser

Sacral atmosphere

The inside of the hall with its seven narrow windows on the northside and the generous skylight above the altar, gets a distinct sacral character through its introverted design.The smooth sandblasted concrete elements give the walls a nice texture. The roughly stacked altar wall stands in contrast to the smooth, white, greek marble on the backside of the altar. While the rough wall breaks the sunlight from above, the fine marble reflects it. The ceiling, the gallery and the benches made out of spruce wood and the floor out of broken schist underline the sacral character.This supports the believers with their contemplation and the connection with the divine light.

Kirche Murten by Walser Architekturteam AG
Photograph © Marc Walser

Optimal room allocation plan

From the protected forecourt, the visitors can enter the generous and bright foyer. It creates the connection between the hall and the siderooms of the church. At the same time it works as a meeting place and gives space for different collective events.

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