A protestant church together with a sanctuary, a church hall and supplementary spaces was built in the center of the Lower Austrian town Hainburg, at the site of a predecessor church that doesn’t exist anymore since the 17th century. Austrian firm coop Himmelb(L)au has completed the ‘Martin Luther Church’ located in Hainburg, Austria. The curvaceous roof culminates with three large openings allowing natural daylight to filter into the congregation of the church. Intrinsically tied into theological principles, the three skylights provide a celestial atmosphere by manipulating the illumination levels and transparency. The exposed 8 mm thick steel surface is finished with a protective coating while the interior is clad with mesh to adhere the stucco ceiling. A community hall adjacent to the central prayer space is separated with folding doors which can be opened to produce a continuous gathering area. The room is bordered with a folded glass facade directing views towards the nearby street. The room is bordered with a folded glass facade directing views towards the nearby street.
A sculptural bell tower welcomes visitors to the forecourt which heralds the main entrance to the church and leads to the sacristy, pastor’s office and ancillary areas. The free-form bell tower of the Martin Luther Church was also manufactured, by means of shipbuilding technology, as a vertical self-supporting steel structure with wall thickness between 8 and 16 millimeter, only braced by horizontal frames. The 20 meter high tower weighing 8 tons is welded rigidly to a steel element encased in the concrete foundations.