In the German city Freiburg, a decision has been made to redesign the church of the Zähringen congregation, St. Elisabeth, into new housing.
The church of massive concrete was designed by Rainer Disse in 1965 and manifests an example of sacral brutalistic architecture. The congregation did not posses the capital to renovate the church through which it would again be suitable for sacral use. The alternative would have been to demolish this both preserved and rather integrated cultural symbol of Freiburg-Zähringen.
The solution is profane, yet plausible. Focusing of the preservation of the original structure and facade of the church, the investor Gisinger GmbH and the architect Klaus Schäfer have developed the concept “Church Chill” and will construct in total 38 flats in the former church.
One is reminded of the Berlinian equivalent St. Agnes. For pictures, see my post “Concrete Aesthetics #1”.