Parish Centre Gerliswil
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Lussi Studio SL Barcelona

Lussi + Partner AG
Neustadtstrasse 3
CH-6003 Luzern
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Parish Centre Gerliswil

The existing parish centre, built in the 70s, shows itself as a monolithic concrete building which is embedded into the church hill. The parish center's rebuilding and expansion enables a clarification of the volumetry and strengthens the conciseness of the building. The existing volume becomes the solid plinth of the new construction. The extension has a prominent silhouette and a differentiated materiality. Just as it is today, the stairwell is the connecting artery, leading people through the house. The transparency in the access area is increased by openings between the floors and enables a number of look-throughs.

The different uses are logically and functionally organized with independent clusters on the floors. A multi-purpose hall including a stage and the necessary infrastructure is located on the second floor of the new construction. The main entrance is now located on the third floor and provides a view through the whole house. 

While normally connected to the entrance area, the room of silence can be detached when needed. The multi-purpose hall is planned as a premanufactured timber construction covered with sheet metal. Due to weathering the natural color of the copper is matting soon and gets its very own characteristic.​​​​

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Building phase
Building owner

Römisch-katholische Kirchgemeinde Emmen

Fotos: Adrià Goula Barcelona & Lussi+Partner

David Nyffenegger
Claudia Bertele-Robledo

Specialist planner

Landscape architecture: koepflipartner GmbH, Luzern
Site management: b2 Bauleitung AG, Sursee
Cost planning: TGS Bauökonomen AG, Luzern
Civil engineer: Emch+Berger WSB AG, Emmenbrücke
Electrical engineer: B+S Elektro Engineering AG, Emmenbrücke
HLKS-engineer: JOP Josef Ottiger + Partner AG, Rothenburg
Construction physicist: RSP Bauphysik AG, Luzern