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A GODLINESS NEXT TO CLEANSINESS: John Pawson's Remodeling of the St Moritz Church In Augsburg, Germany

The principal liturgical landmarks - the altar, the ambo and the sedilia - are positioned on a single level.The principal liturgical landmarks - the altar, the ambo and the sedilia - are positioned on a single level.

This is where the minimal (or Pawson would rather you say the reductive) finds its resolution as a spiritual exercise.

"The work has involved the meticulous paring away of selected elements of the church’s complex fabric and the relocation of certain artefacts to achieve a clearer visual field," stated the architects.

Especially impressive is the treatment of light in the space. Slices of finely veined translucent white stone were laminated to glass and installed in the choir windows. "The effect of this is to generate the optimum light conditions, screening out direct sunlight and bathing the space in a haze of diffused luminescence," John Pawson architects clarified.

I know it is veritable sacrilege but this is like the best Calvin Klein store that never was. A pilgrimage is in order.

An architectural language has evolved that is recognisable in subtle ways as something new.An architectural language has evolved that is recognisable in subtle ways as something new.

St Moritz is laid out according to the clear linear principles of a Wegekirche.St Moritz is laid out according to the clear linear principles of a Wegekirche.

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