The Church of Seliger Pater Rupert Mayer: A Rectangular Church Clad With 15,000 White, Three-Dimensional Tiles

The Church of Seliger Pater Rupert Mayer was constructed by Munich studio Merc Architekten in the town of Poing, near Munich, Germany. This religious building is clad with a ceramic crown with 15,000 white, three-dimensional tiles. The church can accommodate 220 worshippers and it is set to be a landmark in the growing town of Poing.

The church comprises two visually distinct elements

As the name implies, the church is dedicated to a German priest named Rupert Mayer. He is known for his movement in the Catholic resistance to the Nazis in Munich. The church comprises two visually distinct elements. The single-story base was made of grey stone blocks developed from molasses or a type of gravel found in the region. Above the base, there’s an impressive sculptural roof clad in reflective white tiles. The combination creates a contrast to represent a vision of heaven and earth, immanence and transcendence.

Four geometric elements have formed the roof and they give the building a sculptural appearance

Four geometric elements have formed the roof and they give the building a sculptural appearance. Moreover, the architecture team designed the building with no steeple so that it won’t compete with an evangelical church in the neighborhood. Even so, one corner of the building rises higher and is topped with a weathercock and cross.

Three of the four roof’s geometric forms have skylights with the highest one illuminates the altar directly

The sculptural roof is supported on a steel cross that spans the church. It also forms the ‘baroque-like’ roof of the primary worship space. Three of the four roof’s geometric forms have skylights with the highest one illuminates the altar directly. Meanwhile, the tiles that clad the building have a similar form to the building’s roof. Each individual tile is divided into four geometric sections. Overall, the Church of Seliger Pater Rupert Mayer showcases non-traditional form usually found in modern church architecture.

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