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  7. AD Classics: Holy Cross Church in Chur, Switzerland / Walter Förderer

AD Classics: Holy Cross Church in Chur, Switzerland / Walter Förderer

AD Classics: Holy Cross Church in Chur, Switzerland / Walter Förderer
AD Classics: Holy Cross Church in Chur, Switzerland / Walter Förderer, © Wikimedia user: Sebastian F
© Wikimedia user: Sebastian F

© Wikimedia user: Sebastian F © Wikimedia user: Sebastian F © Wikimedia user: Sebastian F © Wikimedia user: Sebastian F +12

From the architect. Standing at the foot of the Alps is the highly contemporary Holy Cross Church in Chur, Switzerland. Designed by Basel born Swiss architect Walter Förderer, the church evokes strong features of Brutalism. 

© Wikimedia user: Sebastian F
© Wikimedia user: Sebastian F

Built between 1966 to 1969, the church appears like a mass fortress that conveys a symbolic defensive attitude.

© Wikimedia user: Sebastian F
© Wikimedia user: Sebastian F

The polygonal tower at the south west corner of the building is the dominant feature that contains four bells: the trinity bell, the cross bell, the peace bell, and the Marien bell.

© Wikimedia user: Sebastian F
© Wikimedia user: Sebastian F

The Roman Catholic Church was assembled through a layered concrete construction, with dominant uneven forms tying in and out of each other. 

© Wikimedia user: Sebastian F
© Wikimedia user: Sebastian F

The dark semi-circular interior was built entirely out local concrete and wood materials that contrast with each other creating a powerful sacred space.

More interestingly, are the numerous visible details of the structure and materials, such as the wood textured concrete, the pews locking into the concrete face, and the integration of the handrails into the composition.

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Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite: Brian Pagnotta. "AD Classics: Holy Cross Church in Chur, Switzerland / Walter Förderer" 09 May 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/232766/ad-classics-holy-cross-church-in-chur-switzerland-walter-forderer/>
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17 Comments

Daniel Förderer · November 13, 2012

Yes there is monograph:
Walter M. Förderer
Architecture - Sculpture
Edition du Griffon Neuchatel Suisse
1975

Mac Gordon, A.I.A. · September 17, 2012

I'd love to see this and other buildings by Forderer; is there any monograph about his work?

Andrea Pearson-Haas · May 16, 2012

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pablo · May 10, 2012

Iglesia en suiza estilo brutalista! Me gusta integridad de materiales http://t.co/SpTvpjH0

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