Brother Claus Field Chapel
Atelier Peter Zumthor
The recently inaugurated Brother Claus Field Chapel is located in Mechernich near Cologne, Germany.
Zumthor used a technique called "rammed concrete" where farmers
poured a layer of concrete over a teepee of timber every day for 24
days, leaving a texture similar to that of rammed earth. The timber
was then burnt out by colliers, using the same process as making
charcoal, leaving a charred inside.
An oculus at the top is open to the sky letting in rain and light. Filtered light also enters through holes in the walls.
Last updated: December 17, 2012