Pilgrimage Church
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Architect Gottfried Bohm
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Location Neviges, Germany   map
Date 1962   timeline
Building Type church
 Construction System concrete
Climate temperate
Context urban
Style Expressionist Modern
Notes angular, jutting forms.




Elevation Drawing

Plan Drawing

Section Drawing

Discussion Pilgrimage Church Commentary

"The church in Neviges is situated on a slope, which, in conjunction with a flanking development, we turned into a great processional way for pilgrims.

"This route leads to and open forecourt in front of the church and continues into the space within, the altar area representing the culmination of this path."

—Gottfried Bohm. from Svetlozar Raèv, Peter Green, translator. Gottfried Bohm: Lectures Buildings Projects. p96.

The Creator's Words

"His own guiding principle—which can be summarized in the term 'creating connections' —forms an unfailing part of his work, from the very beginning to today. What is implied here is the complex interplay of material and immaterial components of a building within its own natural and cultural context. 'I believe,' he once said, 'that the future for architects does not lie so much in continuing to consume ever more areas of open countryside with building, but in mending and restoring order to existing towns and villages by creating links between functions, structures, materials and so on.' "

"Anyone who does not have the strength to sin will not necessarily be a saint or a good architect,—more likely a bore."

—Gottfried Bohm. from Svetlozar Raèv, Peter Green, translator. Gottfried Bohm: Lectures Buildings Projects. p9, 11.

Sources on Pilgrimage Church

Muriel Emanuel, ed. Contemporary Architects. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1980. ISBN 0-312-16635-4. p108.

Svetlozar Raèv, ed. Gottfried Bohm: Lectures Buildings Projects. Translation by Peter Green. Stuttgart: Karl Kramer Verlag, 1988. ISBN 3-7828-1604-8. NA1088.B714A4 1988. exterior photo from forecourt approach, p97. interior photo of interior of main space, p101. plan, p96. elevation, p98. section, p99. discussion p9, 11, 96.

Marvin Trachtenberg and Isabelle Hyman. Architecture, from Prehistory to Post-Modernism. New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1986. photo, f875, p550.

Kevin Matthews. The Great Buildings Collection on CD-ROM. Artifice, 2001. ISBN 0-9667098-4-5.— Available at  Find books about Pilgrimage Church


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