Found project: Kaiser-Vilhelm-Gedächtniskirche


    Project : Kaiser-Vilhelm-Gedächtniskirche

    Language variant : Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church

    Architect : Eiermann, Egon

    Completion: 1963

    Locality : Berlin

    Country : Germany

    Building style : Modern architecture (not specified)

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    Description :

    After the death of Kaiser Wilhelm I, influential circles pressed for the building of a memorial church. Lavish donations made it possible to build on a splendid scale unusual for Protestant churches.

    Franz Schwechten created a church with six towers in the style of Rheinische late Gothic, with no lack of decoration and lavish detail. In the spirit of flourishing nationalism the church was consecrated in 1895. There were thus ample reasons for it being the subject of violent criticism.

    The church was largely destroyed between 1943 and 1945. There was fierce discussion about rebuilding or demolition. Finally the stump of the tower remained as a reminder of war and destruction.

    Egon Eiermann created a new building (1963) consisting of five steel-frame, free-standing elements, clad in concrete honeycombs and coloured glass.

    Güttler, Peter et al: Berlin Brandenburg. Ein Architekturführer – An Architectural Guide. Ernst & Sohn 1993, p. 78.

    Ed. Heikki Nikkinen



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