Renovation and Restoration: Greek marble makes an impact in Germany
The Christ Pavilion of Christian religions, a combined contribution of the Catholic and Protestant Churches for Expo 2000 in Hanover, Germany, is intended to be a contemplative counterpart to the vanity fair with architectural highlights. It was designed by Meinhard von Gerkan (Von Gerkan, Marg und Partner) and Joachim Zais with a plan that is “simple in structure, reduced to a few materials, precise in detail and unmistakable in its appearance and spatial atmosphere.” One of the signature elements in this plan was the use of marble from Greece, used in an innovative application with glass panels.
Since its completion, the project has won several awards, including the prestigious Fritz Schumacher Award for architecture. It also received a 2006 Marble Architectural Award from IMM Carrara.
Christ PavilionDesign: Meinhard von Gerkan (Von Gerkan, Marg und Partner, Germany) and Joachim Zais
Stone Supplier: Naxos Marble, S.A., Greece
Glass-and-Marble Panel Assembly: Wender und Selders GmbH, Germany