Immanuel Kirche, wooden church  

Immanuel Kirche - wooden structure that impresses

Location Bonhoefferstraße 8, Cologne Germany
Building Year 2013
Architect Sauerbruch Hutton
Structural Design Horz + Ladewig Ingenieurgesellschaft für Baukonstruktionen mbH
Constructor Holzbau Sauer GmbH & Co. KG
Customer Evangelic parish Cologne-Flittard/Stammheim
Products Used Kerto LVL
Type Public Buildings

Wooden structures represent a real alternative

The innovative and efficient wood design of Immanuel Kirche received the 2015 German Award for Wood Construction and the 2013 North Rhine-Westphalia Award for Wood Construction.


In 2004 Father Vorländer’s former parish was merged with the neighbouring municipality Flittard. In this process, setting up a new chapel was a great challenge: construction costs and time had to be kept as low as possible. At the same time the goal was to construct an architecturally sophisticated building.


 As a construction material, wood offers many advantages. Alongside its aesthetic qualities and sustainability, wood is also an efficient solution. It has excellent thermal protection during both winter and summer. Wood makes light structures possible and enables quick building processes. The wood elements used during the project were precise and produced in detail which made it possible to install the individual parts quickly and smoothly on the site. All wood components were designed for maximum cost-effectiveness.


The new Immanuel Church interprets the basilica building type in a new way. The building is clearly structured and has high architectural standards. This design results from a simple load-bearing system that immediately creates space, and that consists of a rib structure made of Kerto LVL beams. Wooden interior is warm, quiet and light. The church was finished in less than a year and at the same time, construction costs were lowered due to the use of wood so the project was precisely on budget

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