John Pawson's minimal St Moritz Church
photographed during a choir rehearsal

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This huge slideshow of images by British photographers Hufton + Crow shows the minimal interior of John Pawson's St Moritz Church in Augsburg, Germany, during a rehearsal for a choir recital.

John Pawson's minimal St Moritz Church photographed during a choir rehearsal

British firm John Pawson Architects remodelled the old church by adding slices of onyx over the windows to softly diffuse light, as well as Portuguese limestone floors and dark-stained wooden furniture.

John Pawson's minimal St Moritz Church photographed during a choir rehearsal

The apse and nave are the brightest spaces in the church, while the side aisles feature more subdued lighting and carved sculptures of the apostles, which sit within arched recesses in the walls.

John Pawson's minimal St Moritz Church photographed during a choir rehearsal

Hufton + Crow's Allan Crow shot the photographs on the day of a concert, but didn't expect to find the choir rehearsing when he arrived.

John Pawson's minimal St Moritz Church photographed during a choir rehearsal

"When I got to the chapel I discovered that there was a concert planned for that evening and they had to rearrange all the seating, set up a stage and rehearse," he told Dezeen.

John Pawson's minimal St Moritz Church photographed during a choir rehearsal

"At first I thought it was a disaster as I wouldn't be able to get my shots, but when they set up the stage and started rehearsing I had the absolute pleasure of being serenaded for two hours, as I picked through some more detail images by the most beautiful choir in the most beautiful building," he said.

John Pawson's minimal St Moritz Church photographed during a choir rehearsal

John Pawson, who is celebrated for his minimalist architecture, completed St Moritz Church in July this year. He won the commission after the parish councillors visited his Novy Dvur monastery in the Czech Republic.

  • Alice

    Exquisite photography.

  • H-J

    Not an architect…

    • rawr

      Who cares if he’s not ARB registered, he is an architect and a brilliant one at that. Protection of title is a farce.

  • oli

    And he doesn’t claim to be. And what relevance does it have, exactly? Is this building going to fall down because it was not designed by ‘an architect?’

  • Bassel

    Architecture, if you’re not made for it, education is of no use.

  • mitate

    Pawson’s whites are normally more ivories, though not here, it seems. Such huge areas need that touch of warmth, particularly to work with such limestone. But still that wonderful Pawson purity we’ve come to expect.

  • Chris MacDonald

    Stunning.