Troisdorf is a suburb of Bonn. Towards the end of the 90’s the town’s evangelical church, Johanneskirche Troisdorf, needed a radical renovation, re-building, and adaptation to the multifunction of the new times: church, but also concert hall, exhibition room, and community centre.
The project was completed in 2001 following a competition project by Martini Architects BDA in Bonn. Using few but effective means, Martini Architects has changed a static church into an open, spacious, and, most of all, flexible cultural building. This has happened by ensuring streams of daylight through new windows, by a division of the church’s rooms with transparent and mobile glass walls, and by optimizing the flexibility of the church’s furnishings. This also includes the church’s normally fixed inventory such as baptismal font, altar, and pulpit.
Client's specifications. The major challenge was to preserve the church’s identity at a time when church rooms also need to fulfil many other different demands. Culture house, yes, but still first and foremost church, specified the building commissioners at the project’s preliminary planning. This resulted in detailed specifications, also for furniture. Together with flexibility and elegance the furniture should primarily display dignity, sobriety, and seriousness. A fundamental principle was, in addition, that the church’s varying building alterations should be visible, so that the original church could be preserved as much as possible, at the same time making distinct the new additions and alterations.
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