Award: Exemplary Building 2016 FDS / CW

Nominated for the Material Prize 2017


Black sculpture on the Nagold in the Black Forest

The Catholic church in Altensteig has received a new parish office with an adjoining parsonage with an iridescent black timber formwork made of charred Black Forest softwood as a stately addition to the existing church ensemble. This special form of wood conservation offers diverse visual effects when the sunlight strikes the charred facade.

The old building could not be preserved due to its structure and the lack of separation between the required use areas. It was replaced by a new building that addresses urban planning needs and blends naturally into the existing terrain while framing the church square along its edge. The large glass facade on the south facing the square on the ground floor of the parish hall welcomes the community with a friendly face.


  • Client: Catholic church Altensteig
  • Typology: Rectory with Rectory Apartment
  • City: Altensteig, Deutschland
  • GFA: 390 m²
  • Completion: 2016
  • CPH: 1-9
  • Architects: Partner und Partner Architekten
  • Team: Klaus Günter, Jörg Finkbeiner, Jeroen Meissner
  • Landscaper: JUCA Berlin
  • Engineering : Supporting structure Müller+Günter FDS, Technical building services Mr. Morath
  • Fotos: Ulrike Klumpp, Klaus Günter

Cradle To Cradle-Kompass

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  • Water Management
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  • Social Values
  • Diversity


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