John Pawson used 144 solid Douglas fir trunks for the building, which is an ultra-minimal take on the traditional place of worship – designed to look more like a stack of logs than a chapel.
Photography: Eckhart Matthäus
Located on the outskirts of Unterliezheim, a bavarian village, the structure is intended to be encountered as a found object — rather than as a conventional work of architecture. ‘The architecture is framed as the simplest of gestures,’ explains Pawson. ‘From certain perspectives its mass appears as a pile of logs stacked up to dry; from others the considered placement of the elements on a concrete plinth creates a more formal impression of a piece of sculpture emerging from the forest.’
Architect: John Pawson
Location: Unterliezheim, Germany