Church of Blessed Father Rupert Mayer in Poing © Dieter Mayr (KNA)
The parish church of Blessed Rupert Mayer in Poing has been awarded the international prize for sacred architecture. It is awarded by the Italian foundation Frate Sole and is, according to the "Munchner Merkur" with 15.000 euros endowed.
The building by meck architekten in Munich won against 112 projects from 33 countries. The prize is considered the world's highest honor for sacred buildings and is awarded every four years, she said. It has existed since 1996.
The justification states that in an extremely delicate urban context, the new church with its sculptural form acts as a keystone. The project brings together the different relationships between country and city. This is particularly clear on the inviting square in front of the church, he said. The futuristic building is characterized by three-dimensional white ceramic tiles that cover almost the entire facade and roof.
"This award is due to all of us involved with this church, including the client and the parish," architect Axel Fruhauf is quoted as saying in the newspaper. Pastor Philipp Werner was also pleased. But he reminded that the church should not only be admired as a building: in it people should meet Christ.
Embedded in the community
The church center named after the Jesuit priest has already been awarded the "Grobe Nike" architecture prize by the Association of German Architects (BDA) in 2019. It consists of the church building, a kindergarten and a parish home. Located in close proximity to the community center and the Protestant church, the center is also an important part of the new center of the suburb located east of Munich.
The foundation stone for the Poingen church was laid in November 2015. It should have been consecrated as early as October 2017. However, due to the insolvency of the company commissioned to carry out the facade work, the project was delayed by a year. However, the cost framework of 14.6 million euros was adhered to, it was said at the time.