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Haus der Stille in Frankfurt by Karl + Probst

An unassuming oval space caters for a university campus’ range of faiths

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Universities across the West are enrolling increasing numbers of international students, many of whom have religious requirements that have not hitherto been met on campus. In order to remedy this, some institutions opt for portakabins; others, such as Goethe University in Frankfurt, choose instead to make more-permanent accommodations, to be shared in this instance by adherents of every faith. The university hoped that, by doing this, it could foster dialogue, making the name chosen for the project – House of Silence – initially seem somewhat inappropriate but, on second glance, inadvertently apt. The building thus designated appears to be silent itself, devoid of explicit religious symbols. But that is not to say it doesn’t murmur certain aspirations. Its indeterminate plan is vaguely oval – an ‘inclusive’ form favoured by designers of non-denominational spaces – and the exterior is clad in timber. Ablution facilities and religious accoutrements are kept in adjoining rooms.

Haus der Stille  Frankfurt  germany

Haus der Stille Frankfurt germany

Haus der Stille  Frankfurt  germany plans

Haus der Stille Frankfurt germany plans

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