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Autobahnkirche Siegerland

Schneider + Schumacher

Europa | Elkersberg

Cologne, Bonn, Düsseldorf, Dortmund, Duisburg, Essen and Bochum are all nodal points on Germany’s dense motorway network. An ubiquitous feature of the landscape, constantly traversed by traffic, the autobahn has almost become part of an urban street system of a city stretching across the country. Like other motorway systems though, it lacks those intermediary spaces that allow people to relate with their surrounds - places in which to meet, speak or simply be.
Although seemingly urban units, these self-contained hyper-functional motorway service areas lack a truly human dimension. They are conceived for the automobile, not for man.
Sponsored by Hanneliese and Hartmut Hering and designed by architect practice schneider+schneider, the motorway church at Siegerland on the A45 highway fills that gap. Like other churches on the German autobahn network, it delivers a...

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