X Architekten’s community centre-cum-chapel in Linz, Austria, is proof that the most challenging briefs often produce the best results.

The need for a building that would combine secular and liturgical functions was not the only obstacle facing the designers. Located between two arterial roads and a sprawling industrial estate, the site can be seen as a Bermuda Triangle – what David Birgmann of X Architekten calls a ‘no-man’s-land’ – of architecture.

Although overgrown, the thriving landscape drove the interior design. The surrounding gardens become the focus of each room. White spruce panels line most of the interior, reflecting the long history of white in religious architecture.

Photos courtesy David Schreyer.