Northern German Cathedral

by Ludwig Kesselring

AV Kesselring liked to take the design of another builder and improve and expand on it.  He often built models from the Richter building plans with major improvements, in that he did not limit himself to the stones in any particular building set.  This Norddeutsche Domkirche was built by AV Lufsky.  In the December, 1987, MLB a (rather poor quality) picture was shown of this church.  The picture came from the Lufsky papers, by then in the possession of AV Probst.  The Lufsky model, like the Kesselring version, had a correctly modeled interior.  The picture in the MLB was accompanied with the comment that the towers should be 30 or 40 cm higher.  AV Kesselring has added these higher towers.

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AV Kesselring's roof was not as nice as the Lufsky version because AV Kesselring's stone collection limited him to a 1 to 1 slope (45°).  Lufsky used a 3 to 4 slope (53°).  It makes a major difference.  In general ,these roof stones, used either in the vertical mode (53°) or the horizontal mode (37°) make more attractive roofs than the standard 45° stones.
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A look at the interior of the nave.  The three sections (pier arch, triforium and clerestory [clearstory]) are the primary focus of the picture.  The standard ratio of these three sections is 3:1:2.  If the church was built based on a builder's rod (about 16.5 feet or 5 meters; differs depending on the maximum length of the wooden beams available in the area), then the width of the two side aisles and the central nave was 1:2:1.  For people who lived in one story buildings, with perhaps a loft, an interior height of 30 meters (100 feet) was most impressive.
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The alter.
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The central aisle.  
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