Otto Häuselmayer and Heinz Tesar speak on the history behind the completion of the churches featured following a brief guided tour of the exhibition by Ann Katrin Bäumler and Andreas Zeese.
This is followed by lichtblau . wagner with models and original material for the Podersdorf parish centre, questioning the role played by the Church as a client. Their project for an extensive expansion of the historic church in Podersdorf won a two-stage competition in 1998. The new space for Sunday Mass, foyer and open spaces, parish hall and parish centre create a perpendicular sequence of interior and outdoor spaces that are discovered on crossing the building instead of being orientated around one viewpoint.
That a church is a public building is not just a sound byte but becomes the agenda for the architects, as is manifest both in its functionality and in terms of the urban fabric.
Otto Häuselmayer, Heinz Tesar
Andreas Lichtblau and Susanna Wagner (lichtblau . wagner)
Ann Katrin Bäumler, Andreas Zeese (Vienna University of Technology), Monika Platzer