From the architect: Comprised of equal and parallel Christian-oriented and creedless areas, it serves as a retreat for people of all cultures and religions.
The architecture is reduced to two basic elements - bricks and light - and is made up of a series of five rooms of different sizes, all of which have a square ground plan and a stepped, vaulted ceiling. Visitors enter the Christian and creedless areas from the common reception room with the multilingual, sculptural legend "Stille" (Silence).
Walls, floors, and vaults are made of fired bricks that create an ancient ambiance that harkens back to the beginnings of human culture while also referencing the local building tradition of Berlin and Brandenburg. Backlit gaps in the vaulted ceiling contribute to a contemplative mood. The apex of the vault forms an indirectly illuminated oculus that gives the space a sense of opening up to the heavens.
Architect: Meinhard von Gerkan and Hubert Nienhoff with Hans Joachim Paap Client: Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg Year: 2020 Project Lead: Alexander Buchhofer Design Team: Stefan Both, Claudia Busch, Jochen Köhn, Silvia Schneider Detailed Design Team: Kerstin Bandekow, Anna Fraire, Silvia Schneider Photography: Marcus Bredt