meck architekten: Church centre Seliger Pater Rupert Mayer - best architects 20

meck architekten

Church centre Seliger Pater Rupert Mayer

best architects 20

public buildings


Poing, Munich


Florian Holzherr


The new church, with its sculptural form, works like a keystone that acts as the connecting interface between the green landscape and the town. A massive foundation masoned from molasse constitutes the church's base. Above this, as an impressive and easily identifiable landmark of the new parish church, soars the white ceramic-tiled roof, unfolding with sculptural energy. The contrast between the ethereal white crown and the stone foundation represents a vision of heaven and earth, of transcendence and immanence, and it is in this field of tension that the church space is anchored. Entering the church space with its slight slope towards the altar, a lower entrance area leads onto a room of light that opens up, Baroque-like, urging one's view heavenward. This, in construction as well as symbolically, is composed of a spatial cross that manifests itself as a powerful image in the shape of the ceiling's spatial folding. As an analogy to the Holy Trinity, three large skylights respectively illuminate various liturgical locations and activities. The specially sculptured execution of the ceramic tiles is coordinated with the light and space concept of the church room and, with its strongly differentiated geometry, creates manifold light refraction. Playing with the light in this way, the roof landscape becomes the crystal «city crown» of the town of Poing. A church for closeness and encounter: comprehensible, open, inviting, memorable and visible from afar.