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English translation: concrete church

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22:07 Oct 22, 2007
German to English translations [PRO]
Art/Literary - Architecture
German term or phrase: Betonkirche
Neben den überwiegenden Langhauskirchen gibt es auch Zentralbauten, Zeltkirchen und sogenannte Betonkirchen.
Emilia Zeydlits
Germany
Local time: 10:11
English translation:concrete church
Explanation:
The obvious solution - but is it correct?

"For thirty years Perret had been building and dreaming ***concrete churches*** which were to reconcile the French gothic and classical traditions. Here, at the climax of his career, the styles drop away entirely. Outside, Saint-Joseph is quite plain: an immense, octagonal grey phare or beacon set centrally over a square. It makes a telling landmark for seafarers, yet at over a hundred metres it is only a third of the height to which the fires of 1944 are said to have risen. Inside, raw piers of concrete thrust up from the corners and then lurch inwards to carry the open lantern which, you feel, must sooner or later come smashing down. Bare surfaces and a grille of tiny windows, tinged with rhythms of burning colour by Marguerite Huré, intensify the claustrophobia. Discouraged, the modern congregation now huddles behind a glass screen at the back. Perhaps this church was not meant for the living."
http://www.lrb.co.uk/v25/n03/print/sain01_.html


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Paul Cohen
Greenland
Local time: 06:11
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16 mins   confidence: Answerer confidence 2/5Answerer confidence 2/5 peer agreement (net): +7
concrete church


Explanation:
The obvious solution - but is it correct?

"For thirty years Perret had been building and dreaming ***concrete churches*** which were to reconcile the French gothic and classical traditions. Here, at the climax of his career, the styles drop away entirely. Outside, Saint-Joseph is quite plain: an immense, octagonal grey phare or beacon set centrally over a square. It makes a telling landmark for seafarers, yet at over a hundred metres it is only a third of the height to which the fires of 1944 are said to have risen. Inside, raw piers of concrete thrust up from the corners and then lurch inwards to carry the open lantern which, you feel, must sooner or later come smashing down. Bare surfaces and a grille of tiny windows, tinged with rhythms of burning colour by Marguerite Huré, intensify the claustrophobia. Discouraged, the modern congregation now huddles behind a glass screen at the back. Perhaps this church was not meant for the living."
http://www.lrb.co.uk/v25/n03/print/sain01_.html




Paul Cohen
Greenland
Local time: 06:11
Works in field
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in category: 71
Grading comment
thanks!

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Sabine Akabayov, PhD
1 hr

agree  Maki Ahn: it is, although this term has a different meaning in a theological context :)
2 hrs
  -> That sounds intriguing. So the meaning is metaphorical?

agree  Kcda: Of course it is correct. Not only fires but other factors such as the time factor. Time factor as in: they are holly places and have to last over centuries in as good shape as possible./Yes exactly that. It is and was one of the relevant reasons IMO.
2 hrs
  -> I'm not sure what the "time factor" is about, Kcda. Are you saying that concrete churches last longer?

agree  Henry Schroeder
4 hrs

agree  JohnGBell: As a result of overcrowding, Maramures is becoming littered with cheap, concrete churches. http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qn4158/is_19950111/ai_...
8 hrs
  -> Thanks for the link to that interesting article, John.

agree  Steffen Walter: churches built in concrete / Personally, I quite dislike concrete churches. In my opinion, this type of construction just does not go together with worship from an aesthetic point of view. There might be exceptions to this, though...
10 hrs
  -> We even have a couple of them up here (where 95% of the structures are made of wood). There's a house of worship in Qaqortoq (yes, that's the correct spelling!) that is reminiscent of cement works or a factory.

agree  Rebecca Garber: w/ Steffen, on both counts.
15 hrs
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