Experience the “Brutal Faith” of Gottfried Böhm’s Pilgrimage Church in Neviges

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This exclusive photo essay by Laurian Ghinitoiu is featured in the fifth issue of LOBBY. Available later this month, the London-based magazine-published in cooperation with the Bartlett School of Architecture-examines the theme of “Faith” as a fervent drive, a dangerous doctrine, a beautifully fragile yet enduring construct, an unapologetic excuse, a desperate call for attention and a timely consideration on architectural responsibility.

In 1986 the Pritzker Architecture Prize announced their first German laureate. In a speech at the ceremony in London’s Goldsmiths’ Hall, the Duke of Gloucester suggested that the prize “may not guarantee immorality,” inferring, perhaps, that not even the most prestigious award in architecture could compete with an œuvre so compact, focussed and enduring as that of Gottfried Böhm – a “son, grandson, husband, and father of architects.”

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The Pilgrimage Church in Neviges (a small hamlet close to Dusseldorf, Germany) was conceived in the context of an invited international competition-issued in 1962-and a progressive client: the Archdiocese of Köln and, to be precise, Archbishop Josef Cardinal Frings. The resulting structure, which required 7,500 cubic metres of concrete and 510 tons of steel-reinforcing bar-along with its Via Sacra and surrounding buildings-is one of the most decisive, significant and unsung spaces of the twentieth century.

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This photo essay was originally published by LOBBY Magazine in advance of their fifth issue, Faith. You can find out more about the issue, which launches on the 30 September 2016, here.

About LOBBY #5: “Faith”

People, no matter how different, have always felt protected under the aegis of a common belief and have united to accomplish the unthinkable. But faith can too easily become a fossilised creed, begging the question, at what point do inspiring and everlasting morals turn into inescapable dogmas carved into old stones? In 21st Century architectural discourse, where does our faith lie? The fifth issue of LOBBY aims at a critical reflection on the theme of “Faith” as a fervent drive, a dangerous doctrine, a beautifully fragile yet enduring construct, an unapologetic excuse, a desperate call for attention and a timely consideration on architectural responsibility. Exclusive features in the issue include interviews with Caroline Bos (UNStudio), Jason Surrell and Maurizius Staerkle-Drux.

LOBBY #3: Meaningful Defiance in a Disengaged Culture

‘Defiance’ manifests itself in many forms: riots in Baltimore, makeshift housing in Rwanda, Pink Floyd in Venice and plants growing where they ought not sprout. To defy the norm is an act of rebellion and in architecture, doubly so.

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LOBBY #2: Projecting Forward, Looking Back

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LOBBY: The Spectacle Of The “Un/Spectacle”

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