Tuesday, September 8, 2009

KARL MOSER - ST. ANTONIUS CHURCH


Karl Moser - St. Antonius Church, Basel, Switzerland (1931)



"Architect Karl Moser envisioned a structure that stood flush with the street's building line, with unpainted walls and large stained-glass windows that would fill the interior with light transformed into a maze of colour. The church is built entirely of in-situ reinforced concrete and its plan is a simple rectangle of remarkable size: 60 metres by 22 metres; the height also being 22 metres. The dimly lit, tunnel-like entrance area is a cleverly staged introit to the church's long, bright interior. Eight remarkably slim concrete columns carry a barrel-vault over the nave and a flat roof over the aisles, both of them coffered on structural and acoustic grounds. The choir is flat, closed off, and over-furnished; the mosaic cross put up later by Hans Stocker also seems out of scale. The opposite side, with the soloists podium and mighty organ, has a grid of fine concrete ribs." from: mimoa.eu


View of the main space toward the entrance


Perspective of the nave with the concrete mezzanine in the foreground on left


Exterior view of the church building with the tower bell in the background