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This complex, which Aalto started working on in January 1960, incorporated the main principles of his entry in the Danish international church competition of 1958. The complex consists of the Heilig-Geist-Kirche (Church of the Holy Ghost), a bell tower, a parish building, a vicarage, and a kindergarten. The first three whitewashed buildings constitute a tightly-knit group.

Designed in

1959-62

Location

Germany, Wolfsburg

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Wolfsburg church and parish centre (Church of the Holy Ghost). Photo: Heinrich Heidersberger, Alvar Aalto Foundation

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Sketches. Drawing: Alvar Aalto Foundation

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Ground plan. Drawing: Alvar Aalto Foundation

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Section. The vault soars from the ground behind the altar to form the roof. Drawing: Alvar Aalto Foundation