Hanover World Exhibition 2000 - Expo 2000

Man - Nature - Technology

June 1, 2000 - October 31, 2000


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States of the Church

States of the Church at the Exhibition Expo Hanover 2000

© Philippe Lemaire

Architect(s) : Meinhard von Gerkan

The cloister, the sacred room, the crypt and the inner courtyard comprise all the elements of a classical monastery.

The modular steel structure of the pavilion allows the building to be easily dismantled and reassembled.

The Christus pavilion, made of steel and glass, is surrounded by a modern Way of the Cross, whose walls were made of double glazing filled with natural or technological materials.

Nine small rooms were located between the cloister and the sacred hall, illustrating how Christians should express their trust in life and culture.

The roof of the sacred hall was 18 metres high and supported by 9 pillars.

The façade was covered with a thin layer of marble that let the sun shine in.