Schneider + Schumacher Architekten built this pristine, angular Autobahn church off the A45 in Wilnsdorf, Germany. While most service stations offer pragmatic facilities for eating, sleeping or refueling, Motorway Church Siegerland was designed for existential needs. The church is stark and spiky on the outside, but its interiors offer a heavenly surprise - read on for a look!
On the outside, Schneider + Schumacher Architekten‘s fantastic church looks like a white three-dimensional interpretation of traditional village church. But its interior is completely different, featuring an intricate wooden dome that fills up the space. The dome is made from 650 interlocking components, and it’s filled with plenty of natural light.
Most of the church’s components were prefabricated off-site to optimize build time while limiting construction waste. The building’s white homogeneous exterior is made from wood coated with a polyurethane spray sealant for moisture and wear protection. Motorway Church Siegerland is Germany’s 40th motorway church – and it’s probably the most surprising one.
Photos by Helen Schiffer and Schneider + Schumacher Architekten