During the Second World War, the monuments and buildings in Germany that suffered the consequences of the bombing were many, among them there was also the church of St. Moritz which was almost completely destroyed. In practice, only the outer walls remained, which were restored immediately after the war.
“The church in St. Moritz has undergone many changes since it was founded almost a thousand years ago. Devastating fires, changes in liturgical practice, aesthetic evolution and war bombardments have left their mark on the structure of the building,” said John Pawson‘s studio.
The architect‘s work is known for its minimalist and clean style, which in this case has reworked the existing architecture “from an aesthetic, functional and liturgical point of view” to maintain the sacred atmosphere as a fundamental part of the project.
The renovation involved the removal of most of the existing works and artifacts to clear the visitor’s field of view and to maintain the core of the project. The floors are finished in Portuguese limestone, while the wood of the organ counter is colored and decorated, creating a beautiful contrast with the minimal white interior.
The side naves are made up of multiple arches in the wall that act as “exhibitors” to the sacred statues, the holy water peeps out from one of these and consists of a marble cylinder. The church is characterized by strips of limestone that lean against the windows, spreading a hard light to spread a more blurred light to make the environment soberer.
Text by Elisa Scotti