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Graceful yet Functional: Parish Hall Herbolzheim by Kuhn und Lehmann Architekten

Graceful yet Functional: Parish Hall Herbolzheim by Kuhn und Lehmann Architekten

Parish Hall Herbolzheim by Kuhn und Lehmann © Achim Birnbaum

The new Evangelical parish hall in Germany is designed by Kuhn und Lehmann is in the middle of the community garden. It is open on all sides and the central hall space is defined by four simple wood covered cubes on the building’s edges that accommodate all subordinate functions.

© Achim Birnbaum

The hall itself is brightly exposed by nine cubic skylights in the center of the room. It offers a variety of uses with natural lighting and ventilation on all sides, providing integration and comprehensively gentle sustainability.

The main design challenge was to incorporate high spatial quality in connection with the surrounding garden. The design combines long-term flexible use with economic use of space and resources. The entire room can be opened or divided for various scenarios.  

The gracefulness of the spiritual space is always preserved, whether it is large or small. The gesture of one common roof is enhanced by the pattern of the nine skylights which are framed by a filter work of filigree wooden strips that create a solemn atmosphere in the parish center.

© Achim Birnbaum

DATE: 2017 / LOCATION: Hansjakobstraße 8, Herbolzheim, Germany / AREA: 421 m2 (built) / PROGRAM: parish hall / STATUS: built / DESIGN: Marcus Hug, Soara Bernard, Fabian Schmidt / PHOTOS: Achim Birnbaum

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