To fulfil its changed spatial requirements, the Würenlos Evangelical-Reformed church community announced a project competition for the new development of a parish hall. A former burial area in the existing cemetery was released for development for this purpose. The new building is integrated into the existing structure of the cemetery square as part of the overall ensemble. The remains of 60 already dissolved graves were carefully exhumed prior to the building measures and relocated to a common grave.
While the contour and colours are orientated towards the existing church building, the construction and materials of the parish hall have an autonomous expression, without dominating the contemplative location. The structure of prefabricated timber elements allowed an optimised construction process and made it possible to erect the overground section of the building within a few days. The building envelope consists of the naturally ageing materials of wood and copper.
The inner organisation of the parish hall is designed in accordance with the use requirements. The new building’s ground floor houses the functions that are used on a daily basis, namely the rectory office, a meeting room, the welfare and social office and the secretary’s office. Two differently sized common rooms are accommodated on the upper level for events.