Parish Church “Zu den heiligen zwölf Aposteln” in Munich-Laim

1950s,church — Tags: , , , — Benedikt @ 12:24 pm

Pfarrkirche Zu den heiligen zwölf Aposteln (Sep Ruf, 1952/53)

While Sep Ruf‘s Bogenhausen Church of St. John Capistran is very well known and is featured in almost every architectural guide for Munich, probably few know the first church, Ruf built in Munich: Zu den heiligen zwölf Aposteln in Laim. On the same spot, there already was a “Notkirche” which had been erected in 1928. Then in 1936 there had been a competition for a church building, that had been stopped by the National Socialist building authority. The project was revived in 1951 after the new city parish had been created. Ruf won this competition with a modest, white plastered brick building in simple geometric forms reflecting the frugal character of post-war Germany.

Pfarrkirche Zu den heiligen zwölf Aposteln (Sep Ruf, 1952/53)

Pfarrkirche Zu den heiligen zwölf Aposteln (Sep Ruf, 1952/53)

Zwölf Aposteln is a single-nave hall church with a semi-circular apsis (relief of Last Supper and Last Judgment by Karl Knappe) with a quite chunky belfry in the North and vicarage in the South.

Pfarrkirche Zu den heiligen zwölf Aposteln (Sep Ruf, 1952/53)

Pfarrkirche Zu den heiligen zwölf Aposteln (Sep Ruf, 1952/53)

And here’s a quick glance at this church’s ring of bells I found on YouTube:

Department store Dr. H. Ehrlicher

If you’ve ever been to Munich, then chances are very good that you have walked past this building. But chances are also very good that you did not pay notice to this building (the right building on the picture below) and would not connect this with Sep Ruf. But this department store exactly opposite the Jesuit church St. Michael in Munich’s pedestrian area (“Fußgängerzone”) has been designed by the Bavarian architect 1961-63 and is a major work of the German post-war modernity in Munich. Since 1998 it is under historical preservation protection.

Geschäftshaus Dr. H. Ehrlicher (Sep Ruf, 1961-63)

The building is supported by a steel framework, so that the sales floors do not need any supporting pillars. The floors are aligned as split-floors around an atrium crossing the whole building. Unfortunately this uncompromisingly modern store has been modified: the roof has been extended, the first floor lost its balcony and the layout of the stairs is no longer in its original state.

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