HELP! Church’s prayers for new facelift answered by trendy Wrocław design company – and the results are stunning!
A dreary pre-war church is set to get a stunning new facelift thanks to a trendy lick of paint and an answered prayer.
The Parish of Saint Józef Oblubieniec church in the village of Żórawina near Wrocław, put out a plea for help to bring their beetle-infested pews, rotting joinery and drab walls up to date.
Built in 1913 as an Evangelical Church, after the Second World War it was re-built and turned into a catholic one but quickly lost its modest character.
During the 70’s and the 80’s as the place began to fall into disrepair, the interior became filled with communist decorations of doubtful artistic value, drab wall colours and dreary lighting.
After hearing the church’s call for help, Wrocław-based interior design company Studio Hanczar decided to take up the challenge.
Owner Szymon Hanczar told TFN: “Temples and places of prayer have been creating architectural styles and a creative space for artists throughout the ages – I think they still should be such places.
“For me, design is all about solving problems – it is a puzzle for which we seek the optimal solutions.”
With his motto of ‘less is more’, Hanczar and his team have now come up with a spectacular new makeover for the church’s long-suffering congregation.
By marrying together old and new the studio hopes to not only touch aesthetic issues but also create a space of contemplative character, conducive to deep reflection and prayer.
In order to achieve this, the new design will keep the original parquet floor, 1950’s stained glass windows and polychromes, and will preserve the church organ, too, while introducing a new, backlit cross suspended over the altar, virgin white walls and muted colours enhancing the building’s architectural beauty.
They’ll also replace the old pews.
Hanczar said: “The main idea for the revitalization of the church was to create a new atmosphere of visual purification with its original, old elements.“
The church is now looking to raise money to help pay for the renovations which are expected to be realized next year.