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Carmody Groarke and Riehle+Assoziierte to convert old brutalist offices into church in Nuremberg

Germany Architecture News - Jan 8, 2020 - 10:25   988 views

Carmody Groarke and Riehle+Assoziierte to convert old brutalist offices into church in Nuremberg

London-based architecture firm Carmody Groarke, in collaboration with German architecture practice Riehle+Assoziierte, has won a design competition to design the new Evangelical Campus Nuremberg. 

The new redevelopment plans will transform the 1970s administration building into a church campus in Nuremberg, Germany. The new church campus will generate space for encounter, communication, research and education. 

The transformed external architectural language creates a more public and civic identity for the new building. The 38,000-square-metre new development opens up the existing structure to the city. 

Located in an Evangelical campus at Rathenauplatz in Nuremberg, the new church campus will house two theological universities - regional administration and congressional facilities for the synod of Bavaria, as well as a 100-room student hostel, a nursery and a public chapel. 

Carmody Groarke and Riehle+Assoziierte to convert old brutalist offices into church in Nuremberg

The design concept is inspired by the existing tower and podium construction in Nuremberg, these constructions address to extensive post-war developments that break with the character of the immediately adjacent medieval city wall. 

In the new composition, the new church campus is aimed to open up a new public space with the church as an outward-looking and inviting institution. 

Carmody Groarke and Riehle+Assoziierte to convert old brutalist offices into church in Nuremberg

"We were inspired by the Bavarian Evangelical Church’s vision to retain, extend and creatively re-purpose their existing building, reducing the environmental impact of the development whilst creating a dynamic, new institution within the city of Nuremberg," said Practice director Kevin Carmody. 

"Our project seeks to improve the connection between the church and the city. While retaining as much of the existing building as we can, we are renovating those parts of the structure which are no longer fit for purpose and are adding new structures to improve how the institution can work organizationally and environmentally."

There is no specific timeline regarding the construction of the Bavarian Evangelical Church yet. 

All images courtesy of Carmody Groarke

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