Found project: Gustav-Adolf-Kirche


    Project : Gustav-Adolf-Kirche

    Language variant : Gustav Adolf Church

    Architect : Bartning, Otto

    Completion: 1933

    Locality : Berlin

    Country : Germany

    Building style : Modern architecture (not specified)

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    Description :

    “There is hardly a church in Berlin built in the period after the First World War that so clearly shows the departure from traditional form and Germanicizing unity of the style as Otto Bartning’s Gustav-Adolf-Kirche.”

    The ground plan is built up of nine concentric sectors of different depth, and the spatial segments narrow as they approach the altar, but rise to a greater height. Symbolically this is also conveyed in the exterior, where the surfaces and lines run towards the slender, arrow-like tower, out of which the cross grows.

    The church is built of reinforced concrete and steel, and the tower and rear ring of galleries provide static support for the six large longitudinal frames. The rows of pews follow the circular lines of the ground plan sectors, and provide the central plan required in a church laying emphasis on preaching.

    Güttler, Peter et al: Berlin Brandenburg. Ein Architekturführer – An Architectural Guide. Ernst & Sohn 1993, p. 96.

    Ed. Heikki Nikkinen



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