For the new public library, the Catholic parish is investing 810,000 euros to expand the rectory’s vault.
. The Catholic Public Library hasn’t been around for about two and a half years, and the books have been stocked. The place to unload many funds has long been decided, but the financing of the project has not been secured for a long time. Now all the questions have been clarified, the basement of the Catholic Church is being remodeled. Not just a library, but also a socio-cultural meeting place, as he mentioned when the plans were presented at the last general meeting of the parish council.
Architect Philipp Krechting of the Archbishop’s Building Authority in Freiburg explained that the entire project would cost 810,000 euros. However, the intention is not just to equip the basement rooms in such a way as to allow a few bookshelves to be placed there, but rather the parish care unit wants to create a special place with an expanded concept, says the vice-president of the parish council, Gerhard Mutter, in his presentation: with the aim of structural reform of the church ” Church 2030. , which provides two large parishes – Bad Säckingen and Waldshut – in which the former parishes will be merged, the new concept should “make the pastoral site” of St.
In the past few months, there have been discussions about whether, given the upcoming changes in the diocese, “just creating a library will suffice,” the mother said. The ‘Church 2030’ project will focus installations and shows in Bad Säckingen and Waldshut-Tiengen. He stressed that something must also be done in the area for an attractive church life.
In order to transform an immaculate library into a social and cultural meeting point planned for a “broad, multicultural, non-sectarian approach to young and old,” the show must go beyond classic book lending. On-site study should be possible in a reference library. A media library “with broad access to digital products” is also planned.
In a literary cafe, for example, there can be readings, small concerts, cabaret events or exhibitions. The mother said that the library of the future would also be a selling point for cultural, spiritual and architectural literature. The Münsterforum C-Punkt in Freiburg has been called a role model – this concept is unique in the region.
The new library will also be the starting and ending point for approximately 300 annual tours of the cathedral. The “sweet corner” will also be upgraded with a redesign and is therefore more attractive.
There is a garage, oil tanks that are no longer needed, and storage rooms for the parish currently in the Reverend’s cellar. The local heating line passes through the vaulted basement and must be routed outside.
There will be direct access from the alley between the chaplain and the monastery master’s house, which will be approximately at ground level. Architect Christing explained that with two ramps, one at the entrance, and the second to the library room, one achieves unobstructed access.
Through the attractive gate, visitors arrive at a reception room with table and reading stairs merging into shelves. The previous garage door was replaced with a bay window. There will also be a small tea kitchen there, which the architect says can also be used for small events, for example. The reception room, where small events can be held, leads to the library room and another reading room. There will also be toilets in the vault of the priest.
In order to comply with fire safety regulations, the priest’s staircase will be separated from the library. However, the connection will remain in place for emergencies.
Cabinets should be illuminated with lights installed on the shelves.
The new library was planned by the Archbishop’s Building Authority of Freiburg, which would also be responsible for the construction management, as well as several specialist planners.
The work was already put up for tender in November, at the beginning of the year approval for funding came from the Leader program, and in March a building permit was issued and contracts were awarded. The parish has already begun to clean up the basement. Construction is scheduled to begin in June, and work is expected to be completed in the second quarter of next year.
Originally, the pastoral care unit incurred costs around 100,000 euros. Diocesan President Christian Waller said the debate over the future of church life has finally led to an expansion of the concept and thus to much higher costs. The large project is financed with the help of many donors: about 240 thousand euros will come as a subsidy from the leader’s program, about 160 thousand will come from the Diocese of Freiburg, and the city of St. Blasen will contribute 25 thousand euros. Waller said the pastoral care unit in St. Blazin takes care of most of the rest.