john pawson sensitively restores st. moritz church in germany
john pawson sensitively restores st. moritz church in germany john pawson sensitively restores st. moritz church in germany
dec 03, 2013

john pawson sensitively restores st. moritz church in germany

john pawson sensitively restores st. moritz church in germany
photo © gilbert mccarragher
all images courtesy of john pawson




‘st. moritz church’, located in the german city of augsburg, has undergone a sensitive refurbishment, conscious of respecting the building’s sacred atmosphere. john pawson‘s intervention is designed to reprogram the one thousand year old church, restoring an aging structure which had been damaged by fire and wartime bombing.



view from the choir looking towards the nave of the church
photo © gilbert mccarragher




evolving the architectural language of the design, the construction had been meticulously stripped back to its essential components, before modern materials and lighting methods were applied. important artifacts have been cleaned and relocated, establishing clearer and more direct fields of view, while reflective white walls conjure an expansive sense of space, creating a refined place of worship flooded with natural light.



the aisle of the church incorporates repositioned artifacts and statues
photo © gilbert mccarragher



the building is flooded with natural light
photos © gilbert mccarragher



the refurbishment includes newly installed wooden pews
photos © gilbert mccarragher



looking upwards from the choir of the church
photo © gilbert mccarragher



reflective white walls conjure an expansive sense of space
photo © gilbert mccarragher



the church’s baptismal font
photo © gilbert mccarragher



modern materials and lighting methods have been applied to the existing structure
photos © gilbert mccarragher


  • A very ethereal space. Minimal but not austere.

    Michael Jackson says:
  • that kind of constructions normally had have many details, but in this case this construccion is simple, brilliant (the colors) (the engine) (everything) ; the details are simple and very rich to the senses, this church must not have many details, so it becomes much more incredible structure.
    Very beautiful and simple……..

    Stephen says:
  • Astonishing amount of subtlety and restraint for a Catholic church, if it wasn’t for the statues and crucifixes I would have mistaken it for a protestant one!

    anton says:
  • Well, it is beauty, but as cold as a freezer…

    Sid says:

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