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Martin Luther Church

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City, Country Hainburg, Austria
Year 2008–2011
Client Verein der Freunde der Evangelischen Kirche
Architect Coop Himmelb(l)au
Services Structural Engineering
Facts GFA: 298 m² | Height bell tower: 10 m | In collaboration with: Ostseestaal GmbH & Co. KG
Awards Stahl-Innovationspreis 2012, Award

The new church in the centre of Hainburg was constructed on a historic church site. The new building has a central space (nave) lit by three large circular skylights, a community hall, and various auxiliary rooms. The voluminous steel roof structure and tall bell tower form the church’s landmark.

The roof structure with three large skylights is formed from a substructure rigidly connected to the reinforced concrete walls of the worship space via steel components. The substructure is formed by a girder grid of steel sections, a primary and secondary frame structure supporting the three-dimensional curved steel shell. The free-standing bell tower has been designed as a steel structure rising to 20 m. A load-bearing shell made of steel plates braced by horizontal ribs ensures the transfer of the occurring forces.

Structural Engineering
Design Technologies
Hall & Roof
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