Finding light: an extraordinary Berlin church
Berlin's many churches really do rank among its most interesting architectural offerings - particularly those which were built to replace buildings lost in WWII bombing raids.
Their bold, often somewhat austere appearance reflects mid 20th century notions of architecture and design, but also, perhaps, betrays something of a crisis in faith following the cataclysm of war.
Just how should a church look in the aftermath of what many would consider one of humanity's most Godless episodes?
A case in point is the striking Catholic Church of St. Ansgar, which was constructed in 1957 as part of the extensive redevelopment of Berlin's Hansaviertel district.
Designed by William Kreuer (1910-1984), the strong lines and simple shapes of the bell tower and concrete-framed, floor to ceiling glass windows are offset by ornamental features such as the entrance doors in beaten metal with enamel detailing.
Inside, the accent on architectural reduction continues. The Stations of the Cross occupy an entire wall, but chief protagonist in this sanctum is light itself, the symbolism of its illumination as important as its space-defining qualities.
St. Ansgar church: Klopstockstraße 31, 10557 Berlin