BAAR-BAARENFELS, design for the church square in asparn an der zaya<br /><br />
 BAAR-BAARENFELS, design for the church square in asparn an der zaya<br /><br />
 BAAR-BAARENFELS, design for the church square in asparn an der zaya<br /><br />
 BAAR-BAARENFELS, design for the church square in asparn an der zaya<br /><br />
 BAAR-BAARENFELS, design for the church square in asparn an der zaya<br /><br />
 BAAR-BAARENFELS, design for the church square in asparn an der zaya<br /><br />
 

BAAR-BAARENFELS


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design for the church square in asparn an der zaya



A location in the Weinviertel, a square in front of a church that is not easily found, a church gate that disappears into the bushes — and finally, a rapidly approaching jubilee. To celebrate the 900 years of Asparn an der Zaya in September 2008, the mayor and parish council decided to redesign the centrally positioned forecourt of the church.
The winner of the invited entry competition among architects and landscape architects was the Viennese architect Johannes BAAR-BAARENFELS. BAAR-BAARENFELS flirts with Baroque formal language, translating the geometry and the materials into contemporary ones. The entire forecourt is arranged in patches of asphalt, gravel and grass. The flowing material water accompanies the three solid raw materials. In the winter, when the pool is frozen, it serves the public as an area for playing curling — the breadth and length of the surface of water has been specially chosen for the purpose. Bands of white concrete are drawn in this matrix of grey, green and blue. They are for walking and driving along, and provide people with a number of possible routes between the different islands of material.
The proposed church forecourt is arranged both classically and traditionally: none of the elements is shocking, the design is convincing instead in that it reduces the old and well-established to its composite elements and puts them back together anew.
(Wojciech Czaja)


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