Menzi Bürgler Architekten is a Swiss architectural practice with the base in Zurich. Most of their projects arises in their homeland, including the one presented below.
The team of Menzi Bürgler Architekten was involved to design a new parish hall at the Würenlos Evangelical-Reformed church in Würenlos, Switzerland, after winning the competition organised by the institution. A project was planned to stand on a place of the existing cemetery and fit with its square shaped structure.
The new architecture was finally located on a former burial area, after the exhumation of 60 already dissolved graves. As the parish hall stands over the existing church, the architects aimed for the individualism of a new form, yet tried no to disrupt the outlook of the actual architecture. They chose prefabricated timber as a structure, which shortened the construction time to a few days. To make the building getting old finely, they decided to cover the walls with natural wood and for the roof, they used copper. They separated the volume into two grounds. Thus, the ground floor consists of a daily basis area, the rectory office, a meeting room, the welfare and social office and the secretary’s office. The first storey with two differently sized rooms is dedicated for events. The final distinctive outcome of both, the exterior and the interior still delights with modesty and simplicity.