Brother Claus Field Chapel

And now for something completely different…

A chapel, with a difference.

I spent last week in Germany, a place that used to be home to members of my family and will always feel like home to me. We see the same people, eat at the same restaurants and go to the same places. It’s home without the chores or distractions. It’s bliss…

Can you tell I am back with a bump, feeling the morning alarm and full inbox that tomorrow brings creeping up on me? Haha! Ah well. For now that can wait, let me tell you about the chapel.

 

Creator: Peter Zumthor
Name: Bruder Klaus Field Kapelle (Brother Claus Field Chapel)
Location: Mechernich, Germany

Approaching the chapel is quite something. Following the zigzag path it looks like a climbing wall from afar only revealing it’s other dimensions as you get up close. The shape, from the outside, is best described as a teardrop with straight sides. Anyway, we are told it is what is inside that counts right? Well this chapel is testament (bible pun intended) to that…
Made by a technique called “rammed concrete” farmers poured a layer of concrete over a teepee of timber every day for 24 days. The timber inners were then burnt out leaving a charred inside.

You can see the ghosts of the wood’s grain on the walls, see the sky above you and the floor is poured lead… I’m not a religious person, and I don’t think you need to be to realise this is a very special place.

 

 

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