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Detmerode is a housing community linked to the industrial city of Wolfsburg, for which Aalto started designing a cultural centre in 1958 and the Church of the Holy Ghost in 1960. In 1963 he was commissioned to design a church centre for this small suburb, in the gap between a much-frequented shopping centre and a park.

Designed in

1963, 1965-68

Location

Germany, Wolfsburg

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The bell tower of Detmerode church (Stephanuskirche). Photo: Harald Raebiger, Alvar Aalto Foundation

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Skethches. Drawing: Alvar Aalto Foundation

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Elevations. Drawing: Alvar Aalto Foundation

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Scale model. Entrance portico opens onto the shopping centre´s plaza. Photo: Eva ja Pertti Ingervo, Alvar Aalto Foundation

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Sections. Drawing: Alvar Aalto Foundation

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Sections. Drawing: Alvar Aalto Foundation

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The church hall ceiling features nineteen circular acoustic reflectors. Photo: Harald Raebiger, Alvar Aalto Foundation