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Vol. 52 (2011) No. 3 September n. 169

Heinz Isler: Shells for Two Churches

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  • Journal Name: Journal of the International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures (J. IASS)
  • ISSN: (Electronic Version) 1996-9015
  • ISSN: (Print Version) 1028-365X
  • Issue: Vol. 52 (2011) No. 3 September n. 169
  • Pages: 173-183
  • Title: Heinz Isler: Shells for Two Churches
  • Author(s): J. Chilton
  • Keywords: Heinz Isler, Holy Spirit Church Lommiswil, hyperbolic paraboloid, Steinkirche Cazis, reinforced concrete shells
This paper describes the concept, design and realisation of two churches where Heinz Isler (1926-2009) was responsible for the structural design and in one case also for the architectural concept. One example, the Heilig Geist Kirche (Holy Spirit Church) Lommiswil, near Solothurn, Switzerland (1967) includes, unusually for Isler, a “hypar” shell whilst the other, the “Steinkirche” of the Evangelische Kirchgemeinde in Cazis, Switzerland (1996), is derived directly from given natural forms.

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