Bruder Klaus Chapel in Mechernich by Peter Zumthor, Germany


The Bruder Klaus Chapel in Mechernich is a small concrete chapel on the edge of a field built by local farmers. The chapel is designed by the Swiss architect Peter Zumthor. 

The structure on the inside was cast in concrete around a cluster of 120 tree trunks, cut from a local forest, which were then slowly smoked away. The meticulous arrangement of the trees into a tear or leaf shape created the oculus that provides the only light for the small dark space.


The chapel was built to honor Nicholas von Flüe, the patron saint of Switzerland also known as Bruder Klaus.




Pictures from Danda Gallery

More pictures of Peter Zumthor’s Bruder Klaus Field Chapel in Thomas Mayer’s archive.!!

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