Address: Detmeroder Markt 6, 38444 Wolfsburg, Germany Open Google map
Entrance fee: Free entry
Themes: Churches, Cultural buildings
Thursday and Friday 9.00-12.00
Thursday evening 18.00-19.00
Please note that public holidays may affect the opening times!
Detmerode is a residential community linked to the industrial city of Wolfsburg, a town where several Aalto buildings had found place: a cultural centre whose design started in 1958, and the Church of the Holy Ghost in 1960. For this small suburb, Aalto was commissioned a plan for a church in 1963, filling the gap between a much-frequented shopping centre and a park. The church, also intended to be used for secular events such as concerts, is sheltered behind a portico that connects it to the shopping centre´s plaza. It is equipped with 250 seats, which can be extended to 600 when needed.
Built in the shape of a truncated wedge, the church has a slightly pitched lean-to roof. The ceiling features nineteen circular acoustic reflectors 250 centimetres in diameter, that give the impression of floating in the air. Under the chancel is a grotto-like crypt reserved exclusively for more intimate church ceremonies, such as baptisms and weddings. To the right of the glazed entrance facade rises an unusual bell tower consisting of twelve concrete columns of equal height; amongst them, the bells are nested, hung in a stepped formation.
The L-shaped parish building west of the church is also connected to the plaza portico. The hexagonal parish hall and confirmation class premises are situated directly above the parish centre´s spacious entrance hall. The complex also includes facilities for youth clubs, a vicar´s office, and housing for the vicar and chaplain. The church centre was built between 1965 and 1968.
Main entrance to the Detmerode church opens onto to a shopping centre plaza. Photo: Maija Holma, Alvar Aalto Foundation
The interiors of the Detmerode church were designed quite simply and for example there are no fixed benches in the church hall. Photo: Maija Holma, Alvar Aalto Foundation
Detmerode is a residential community linked to the industrial city of Wolfsburg, a town where several Aalto buildings had found place: a cultural centre whose design started in 1958, and the Church of the Holy Ghost in 1960. For this small suburb, Aalto was commissioned a plan for a church in 1963, filling the gap between a much-frequented shopping centre and a park
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Arriving to Detmerode
The residential community of Detmerode in Wolfsburg is located approximately 230 kilometres away from Berlin, the capital of Germany. From Helsinki to Berlin there are several flight connections daily. From Berlin to Wolfsburg there is a good train connection and the travel time is around 1 hour. Distance between Wolfsburg railway station and the Detmerode church is approximately 6 km. Journey time with public transportation from the railway station of Wolfsburg to Detmerode is approximately 30 minutes. For information about public transportation in Wolfsburg, please click on this link.
The church is open during office hours and by request. Please contact the Detmerode church staff by phone +49 5361 71443 or e-mail KG.Stephanus.Wolfsburg@evlka.de if you want to request a special appointment for your visit.