Church St. Fidelis in Stuttgart

schleicher.ragaller architekten bda as Architects

More and more people are leaving the church, more and more are in search of spirituality. St Fidelis in Stuttgart reacts to this with an open programme. Since December 2019, the almost 100 years old Catholic church has also been a centre of spirituality and church music. schleicher.ragallerarchitekten designed a place of silence for believers and those looking for life’s meaning.

 

Buses, suburban railways, cars – Seidenstrasse in the west of Stuttgart is characterized by traffic and noise. Yet amid the hectic everyday life, St Fidelis offers contemplative quietness. The Catholic church was built in 1924/1925 according to plans by Clemens Hummel, modelled on Italian basilicas and in a stylistic competition of historicism and modernism. Destroyed down to the outer walls in 1944, the house of God was reconstructed by Hugo Schlösser with a homogeneous interior regarding the colours.

 

After the Second Vatican Council in 1964, Rudolf und Maria Schwarz newly oriented the church. After this eventful history and the most recent renovation by schleicher.ragaller architekten, St Fidelis has now come to rest for the time being. The as subtle as ubiquitous feeling of soothing silence suddenly sets in. It is the elimination of everything that is superfluous and the focus on all that is necessary which dominates the three-nave church. The continuous Travertine floor and the unobtrusive wooden coffered ceiling produce generous, homogeneous surfaces.

 

The atmosphere is festively bright. The stained-glass windows created by Georg Meistermann can now take effect just as much as his images of the Stations of the Cross in the aisles. Inspired by Leo von Klenze, figures of saints and votive candles come into their own on stone pedestals in concave niches. It was the late Maria Schwarz who, in personal conversations, had encouraged the architects to implement the idea of communio. This community spirit becomes manifest in the new seating arrangement of St Fidelis. The ambo and the altar produce a longitudinal axis in the central nave.

 

Parallel to it, the faithful are sitting facing each other during the service. In a fascinating way, the Stuttgart artist Martin Bruno Schmid developed the liturgical elements out of a single limestone monolith. The architects integrated a room of silence into the chancel.

 

This wooden “inside chancel” illuminated from above is the heart of the spiritual centre. Nothing distracts from one’s own self. With six portal doors, this place of meditation and prayer can be opened to the church hall. The rush of the street stays outside.

 

Material Used:

1. Liturgical Equipment, Floor: Roman Travertine

2. Chairs: Horgenglarus Furniture

3. Indoor Choir: Ash Wood

The St Fidelis spiritual centre

iGuzzini as Lighting
More and more people are leaving the church, but more and more people are in search of spirituality. St Fidelis in Stuttgart reacts to this with an open programme. Since December 2019, the almost 100-year-old Catholic church has also been a centre of spirituality and church music.

The schleicher.ragaller architekten architectural studio has designed a place of silence for believers and those looking for the meaning of life.

Seidenstrasse in the west of Stuttgart is characterized by traffic and noise. Yet amid the hustle and bustle of everyday life, St Fidelis offers contemplative quietness. The Catholic church was built between1924 and1925 according to a design by Clemens Hummel, modelled on Italian basilicas. Destroyed during bombing in 1944, the House of God was reconstructed by Hugo Schlösser with homogeneous interior colours. After the Second Vatican Council in 1964, Rudolf and Maria Schwarz (two architects specialised in sacred architecture) gave the church a new style. With the most recent renovation of St Fidelis by schleicher.ragaller architekten, anything superfluous has been eliminated and this focus on only what is strictly necessary has created an atmosphere with a subtle and omnipresent feeling of relaxing silence.

The Travertine floor and unobtrusive wooden coffered ceiling produce homogeneous surfaces. The Stuttgart artist Martin Bruno Schmid developed the liturgical elements out of a single limestone monolith. The stained-glass windows created by Georg Meistermann also help to create a serenely bright atmosphere. The Lunalicht studio developed the artificial lighting concept. At night, the main lighting in the central nave is created by recessed luminaires set into the sides of the ceiling.

Square Laser Blade XL adjustable light cones are positioned in a way that creates a uniform 300 lux carpet of light on the ground. In the entrance area to the church, on the other hand, Laser Blade L luminaires offer diffused lighting.

Inspired by Leo von Klenze, figures of saints and votive candles are located on stone pedestals in concave niches and highlighted by accent lighting created by Palco projectors, as with the Tabernacle.

It was the late Maria Schwarz who, in personal conversations, encouraged the architects to develop and implement the idea of “communion”. This community spirit is displayed in the new seating arrangement of St Fidelis. The ambo and the altar produce a longitudinal axis in the central nave and the faithful sit opposite each other during the service.

The architects have also included a room of silence in the chancel. This wooden “inner chancel” which is illuminated from above is the heart of the church, where nothing distracts from one’s own self. With six portal doors, this place of meditation and prayer can be opened or closed to the church hall. The artificial lighting in this space recreates a soft daylight atmosphere thanks to Laser Blade XL luminaires set into the wooden ceiling beams and slats.
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LightingiGuzzini
ChairsHorgenglarus
Dom Stuhl
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Dom Stuhl by Horgenglarus
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