Since 1973, the approximately two thousand Swedes living in the Rhein-Main area established a vibrant community work in rented premises, which have become a church, cultural center, and a piece of home. With the move into their own parish hall in Frankfurt-Preungesheim, the grown identity was to become more visible, and more than just a sacred building was to be created. However, the existing 1950s buildings were not the appropriate match for the practice of religion and tradition, silent devotions, and lively gatherings.
A steep gabled roof with eight meters of ridge height, replacing the flat roof of the central pavilion, created a tall worship space with a solemn atmosphere. The courtyard-facing facade of the church is rhythmically structured with varying width wall panels: slanted and wide to highlight the altar, while the following panels are narrow and closely spaced, allowing light to enter but creating a protected area for devotion.
A spacious entrance provides access to the worship space, as well as the community kitchen and garden. Open spatial connections allow a smooth transition to a youth room and a library. In the newly created upper floor, there is a small gallery for the organ and the church choir, as well as the parish office. The Svenska Kyrkan is painted in bright red - the typical color of Swedish log houses. This makes it confidently stand out from the 1950s ensemble.
Frankfurt am Main