#038 REDESIGN

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Nachdem ich im Mai über einige Umnutzungen von Kirchen in Holland und Deutschland berichtet habe, möchte ich euch heute ein – wie ich finde – gelungenes Redesign einer Kirche vorstellen.

 

Im Tschechischen Chodovice wurde der Kirche St. Bartholomew’s von den Designern des Qubus Studio, Jakub Berdych and Maxim Velčovský, ein neues Gesicht verliehen. Den größten Reiz macht hier der Kontrast zwischen der im Rohzustand belassenen barocken Kirche und den Klassikern von Verner Panton aus. Die Kreuze auf der Rückseite der Stühle, lassen ganz klar die neue Funktion erkennen, geben den inzwischen auch schon über 50 Jahre alten Klassikern jedoch ein hippes aussehen.

 

 

 

The latest creation of the Qubus Studio originated at the St. Bartholomew’s Church in the village of Chodovice, Eastern Bohemia. Jakub Berdych and Maxim Velčovský have again shown their ability to work with the context, this time by using very simple tactics.

 

Through unusual combinations, they have added a new dimension to the Baroque interior: the central nave has been stripped of dull repaints and left totally exposed so that visitors can watch the course of history on fragments and details on the wall.

 

Although working with a small budget, they have been able to make the most of their limited resources. The church is illuminated by crystal chandeliers adorned with uncut crystal pieces which cost half the price of their cut versions, but have the same visual power.

 

The bare space is dominated by legendary chairs designed by Verner Panton, each with a Christian cross carved through the back of the chair. Although the two designers had known that this alteration would cost them the warranty of several years provided by the legendary manufacturer of the Vitra furniture, they were not afraid to experiment. The redefinition of this design icon is multiplied by its installation on dozens of Persian carpets, which are so typical for Muslim shrines.

 

A site where cultural dialogue takes place, the church in Chodovice is a cocktail mixed with ingredients which may be common, but which have been

skilfully used in a new context defined by this specific space.
www.qubus.cz

credits: Qubus Design Studio

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