A Rendered Recreation of Marcel Breuer's St. John's Abbey Church

A Belarus-based rendering studio, iddqd, have faithfully recreated Marcel Breuer's St. John's Abbey Church in a series of highly detailed images representing both the building's interior spaces and iconic external volume. The first in a long-term project called 'Unforgotten Heritage', this collection of drawings are complemented by a movie which shines a spotlight on a building which, according to the artists, "might otherwise be forgotten."

Commissioned by Abbot Baldwin Dworschak in 1950, the brief called upon twelve architects to consider designs for "a church which [would] be truly an architectural monument to the service of God." Marcel Breuer was commissioned in 1958 and the church was completed in 1961. According to the studio, a great deal of time was spent in cataloguing and visualising the innumerable details behind the building. The north-facing stained glass window façade—"one of the largest in the world"—is perhaps one of the most complex aspects of iddqd's film.

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Cite: James Taylor-Foster. "A Rendered Recreation of Marcel Breuer's St. John's Abbey Church" 14 Dec 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/778724/a-rendered-recreation-of-marcel-breuers-st-johns-abbey-church> ISSN 0719-8884

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