Design Volkwin Marg with Uta J. Graff
Partner Hubert Nienhoff
Project Manager Uta J. Graff
Design Team Katina Roloff
Project Team Stephanie Hübsch
Constuction Management Sylvan Bandke, Jörg Lenzen
Building Services Welzer Ingenieure
Lighting Kreuz+Kreuz; Edgar Schlaefle
Client Evangelische Kirche Berlin-Brandenburg-schlesische Oberlausitz
Building Periond March - May 2006
Gross floor area 80 m²
The chapel is designed as a room for meditation for athletes and serves as a special place in Berlin’s Olympic Stadium. Centrally located in the stadium, the room for meditation stands out as a ruby red cube, which is characterized on the inside by an elliptical, gilded wall, which enfolds the room like a screen.
Gilded wall and lettering
Christian texts are written on the golden wall in different languages: English, French, Russian, Turkish and Latinverse, to name just a few. These writings encircle the room and invite one to encounter and contemplate Christianity. In keeping with the idea of the encompassing wall, the texts appear as lines against the gilded background. On a blank, flat space in the otherwise textured wall, a cross is visible on the golden wall behind the altar.
Location in the stadium
The room for the chapel, which can accommodate fifty people, is located on level 4 on the southern, longer side of the stadium in the area underneath the terrace of honor, between the athletes’ waiting area and their entrance to the playing field and the VIP lounge. The chapel was created through the renovation of the former referees’ conference room, whose outside cube-like form has remained unchanged.
During sporting events the chapel is open to the athletes for moments of contemplation and prayer before and between the athletic competitions: teams can gather together here to pray and individual athletes can come here to meditate. By means of the clear separation between the various user areas, the chapel is integrated into the athletes’ area during sporting events and accessible only to them via a hall, which is situated between the VIP lounge and the athlete’s waiting area and their entrance to the playing field.