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Luther Chapel on Kastélydomb
Krizsán András
Modum Építésziroda Kft.
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1188 Budapest, Nemes utca 62.
Budapest Award of Architectural Excellence, Commendation, 2019
Contemporary church architecture strives for simplicity, rational, clear interiors and forms. The Luther Chapel on Kastélydomb does not attract attention with its wasteful, special form, uninteresting and unnecessary decoration, but with the simple architectural design of the liturgical function. It is a place where one can get to know the deepest of him/herself, encounter with God and other people, and use art to get into harmony with the world around him/her.
A parable of space creation. The chapel was built next to Pestszentimre's main road, on the corner plot of the parish, between small detached houses in a suburban setting, itself being a family house. It adopted the scale of the environment, but with a solemnity worthy of the sacred function: the house of God is simple, monumental and pure. The church space that gives the impression of a stone carved from one single block, the slender belfry towering around the corner, the fence connecting them as a colonnade and the small square they enclose together form a harmonious ensemble with a strong influence on its surroundings. Behind the massive fence, the foreground of the church is transformed into an intimate urban square: to a meeting place that is protective and inviting at the same time. The tripartite entrance radiates the church space with mysterious filtered light, similarly to the upper illumination of the sanctuary. Façade materials like sheet metal, fiber cement, wood, exposed concrete and galvanized steel give a puritan look, as well as the white walls, light wood and the flooring inside. All of these provide the perfect spatial framework for spiritual deepening, for the encounter with God. The church space is excitingly connected to the congregation room, where we can be with a more secular heart, but what is also the place for the children to stay during the services. As the Church, with the desire of renewal, was reaching back to the roots of the Gospel, so the architectural plan goes back to the Early Christian spatial patterns. Would it be a conscious decision? Maybe, but beyond mental efforts, perhaps we find the true explanation in spiritual alignment.
Architect collaborators
Tömpe Zoltán, Szabó Lajos, Krizsán Gergely
Bujnovszky Tamás
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