Brother Claus Field Chapel

by | 31. Jul 2012

Project | Religious
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The recently inaugurated Brother Claus Field Chapel is located in Mechernich near Cologne, Germany.

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The Chapel, dedicated to the holy Niklaus von Fluehe, called Brother Claus, was donated by farmer Hermann-Josef and Trudel Scheidtweilerand, and built by local farmers on the edge of his field.

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Zumthor used a technique called “rammed concrete” where farmers poured a layer of concrete over a teepee of timber every day for 24 days, leaving a texture similar to that of rammed earth. The timber was then burnt out by colliers, using the same process as making charcoal, leaving a charred inside.

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The chapel is entered through a pivoted triangular lead door. The floor is poured lead.

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An oculus at the top is open to the sky letting in rain and light. Filtered light also enters through holes in the walls.

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INFORMATION

CITYMechernich
COUNTRYGermany

CLIENT

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