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Sacred Soil: Berlin’s Rammed-Earth Reconciliation Chapel is Part of the Berlin Wall Memorial

Posted By Gretchen On September 4, 2014 @ 12:30 pm In Architecture,Gallery,Green Building | No Comments

Reconciliation Chapel Wall [1]

The minimalist oval chapel, designed by Berlin architects Rudolf Reitermann and Peter Sassenroth, was completed in 2000 and consists of a monumental rammed-earth [2] core structure flanked with a translucent facade of wooden louvers [3].

While the warm aesthetics of the building and its use of sustainable natural methods should be enough to please any fan of modern green architecture, what’s perhaps more moving is how these aspects have been used to serve a symbolic and spiritual purpose for its parishioners. Not only is the Chapel sited on the foundation of its pre-war predecessor, but also within its thick clay walls are embedded the remains of the former Church of Reconciliation which was demolished [4] by the GDR [5] in 1985 (citing “security measures” due to its location between Soviet watchtowers).

In comparison to the gleaming glass and commercial neon that characterizes the majority of Berlin’s in-fill [6] construction since reunification, its uplifting to see a structure like the Reconciliation Chapel [7]paying such quiet homage to its sober history while also presenting a fresh (green) face forward to the future.

+ The Chapel of Reconciliation (Die Kapelle der Versöhnung) [8]

Images via Shutterstock [9], Jaime Silva [10], Joshua L [11], Adam [12], and Wikimedia Commons [13]

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[1] Image: http://inhabitat.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2006/03/Reconciliation-Chapel-Wall.jpg

[2] rammed-earth: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rammed_earth

[3] louvers: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rammed-earth_construction

[4] Church of Reconciliation which was demolished: http://www.kirche-versoehnung.de/englisch/history%20e.htm

[5] GDR: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GDR

[6] Berlin’s in-fill: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Potsdamer_Platz

[7] Reconciliation Chapel : http://earthdwellings.com/2013/09/22/berlin-chapel-of-reconciliation-curved-rammed-earth/

[8] + The Chapel of Reconciliation (Die Kapelle der Versöhnung): http://www.kapelle-versoehnung.de/bin/deutsch/index.php

[9] Shutterstock: http://www.shutterstock.com

[10] Jaime Silva: http://www.flickr.com/photos/20792787@N00/

[11] Joshua L: http://www.flickr.com/photos/90334385@N00/

[12] Adam: https://www.flickr.com/photos/64903924@N00/

[13] Wikimedia Commons: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Main_Page

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