As much as I love ancient buildings, I also admire monoliths of neo-modern architecture.
Today we went to a zoo located in the outer rims of Freiburg. The whole district is called Rieselfeld and a part of it got transformed into a residential area. A very new borough with a very new church.
The church Maria-Magdalena is a prime example of neo-modernism brutalism style executed by Cologne architecture office Kister Scheithauer Gross. While the design itself stems only from female architect Susanne Gross.
It’s a church without tower which doesn’t mean it has no bells. There are three big bells and they are hidden beneath the roof.
All of the surfaces are clean and free of paint. The bare concrete a characteristic of brutalism architecture. It looks strong and refreshing when new but sad with time. I have yet to see a concrete structure to age with fine patina. Still, this building was accomplished in 2004 and it seems brand new.
A very special feature of this church is that it is a house for two confessions. There is a room for catholic service and one for protestant. The baptistry in the foyer can be used by both.
And whenever there is need to unify the rooms those huge concrete blocks which you see in the above picture can be moved to the sides.
The whole building is styled through and through. Minimalism is the main intention behind even in the paintings and furniture. Though I think wrong kind of chairs were chosen. But who would resent them. Everybody loves sleek lines to look at but not to spend in. So you see color and children’s drawings finding their ways into the room here and there.