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

Photo by Sebastian F - http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File%3AKKH Chur-2.JPG

Standing at the foot of the Alps is the highly contemporary Holy Cross Church in Chur, . Designed by Basel born Swiss architect , the church evokes strong features of Brutalism. Built between 1966 to 1969, the church appears like a mass fortress that conveys a symbolic defensive attitude.

Canton School Chur Proposal / Marc Anton Dahmen & Studio DMTW

Courtesy of & Studio DMTW

The building authority of the canton Graubünden set up a competition for an extension of the local school complex in , including a new media centre (‘Mediothek’), a cafeteria and an additional building for new lecture halls.

In order to comply with the given space allocation plan this design, by Marc Anton Dahmen & Studio DMTW, allots two separate parts of the envisaged structure. All functions of the cafeteria and ‘Mediothek’ are combined in a single building which is located directly at the assemblage point between the already existing lecture facilities (Cleric & Bio Cleric), the sports facilities Badi Sand, and the planned new connection with the institutions sitting (among others Kanti Halde). The second building hosts the new lecture halls and complements the presently existing ensemble consisting of the Cleric and Bio-Cleric enhancing the schoolyard’s fourth spatial edge. More images and architects’ description after the break.