St Moritz Church
Since its founding almost a millennium ago in the Bavarian town of Augsburg, Saint Moritz Church has undergone reconstruction several times, after being damaged by fires through the centuries and partly destroyed in World War II blitzes. It has also been periodically remodeled to adapt to the needs of liturgical practices.
The parish of Augsburg approached Pawson in 2007 and literally gave him "carte blanche" for conversion of the building. The church has undergone a sensitive refurbishment, conscious of respecting the building’s sacred atmosphere
Although traces of its Baroque history remain in the shapes of the windows, the spatial organisation and the carved figures of the apostles in the aisles, the atmosphere is completely different.
The dark stained wood of the pews and choir stalls, as well as the edging of the organ above the entrance offers a sombre contrast. Apart from very few exceptions – such as the "Christ the Saviour" figure by the Baroque sculptor Georg Petel in the choir apse – there are no colour detractions even in the sparse sculptural decoration.
The floor is covered with light beige Portuguese limestone, which also constitutes the monolithic altar block weighing four and a half tons.