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Prisms on the ceiling
2/21/2011

In World War II, the Collegiate Church in Stuttgart - which was originally a late Gothic hall church - was largely destroyed. When it was reconstructed the former triple-nave church hall became a single space was covered with a wood-clad barrel vault ceiling. During the renovation work the barrel vault roof was replaced by a new steel structure, though the spatial concept has largely been preserved.

The new structure quotes the former Gothic arched forms, while at the same time the suspended triangular glass sail improves the acoustics, making the church more suitable for organ concerts.

As load-bearing elements for the glass prism the architect, Bernhard Hirche, used the particularly high-quality stainless steel components from the Carl Stahl I-Sys program.

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Suspended ceiling construction in the Stuttgart collegiate church, designed by architect Prof. Bernhard Hirche, Hamburg | Photo © Carl Stahl, sketches © Prof. Bernhard Hirche
Suspended ceiling construction in the Stuttgart collegiate church, designed by architect Prof. Bernhard Hirche, Hamburg | Photo © Carl Stahl, sketches © Prof. Bernhard Hirche