Current issue: 11 – 2019

Reusing Empty Churches

Eating lobster under Gothic cross-vaults? Practicing the sun salutation in full view of the crucified Christ? Or changing nappies and playing hide and seek? Is it justifiable to release a consecrated space for the banalities of daily life and to convert it into an event or experience space? Where do the boundaries to the use of church spaces as real estate assets actually lie? And what opportunities do empty buildings offer as a kind of commons for social needs in a broader sense? What are the architectural challenges associated with this? In answering questions like this, which tend to be both morally and architecturally explosive, what is true of the art of conversion is again applicable: a solution can only be found caso per caso.

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werk, bauen + wohnen presents topical and critical reports about architecture within the international context. The theme-based issues offer in-depth analyses, comparisons and background information. The voice of the BSA (Bund Schweizer Architekten / Federation of Swiss Architects), werk, bauen + wohnen is in its 106th year of publication.