After surviving the traumas of devastating fires and wartime bombing, what's left of Augsburg's thousand year old St. Moriz (Moritzkirche) Catholic church has been paired-down and refined by beloved British minimalist architect John Pawson. Pawson says that he approached the project as a "re-tune of the existing architecture from an aesthetic, functional and liturgical perspectives, with considerations of sacred atmosphere always at the heart of the project."
The renovated church building is situated in Augsburg's historic center, right within a triangle formed by the Augsburg dome, Saint Ulrich basilica and Saint Afra church. Over the centuries, the church has seen various reconstructions and additions, leading to a conglomerate of style relics that have shed reference to their romanic, gothic and early baroque precursors. The impression of change, destruction and reconstruction has led to the decision to develop an integrative concept for the renovation of Saint Moritz.