Nowadays, quite a few churches in Groningen (north of the Netherlands) are deconsecrated. While the churches may no longer be places of worship, the buildings do form a part of our collective heritage. Stichting Oude Groninger Kerken is a foundation caring for historic churches and exploring ways of how to give the buildings new meaning and relevance in the lives of the villagers.

Therefore we created KEY KEEPERS. We gave the churches back to their most important inhabitants, the children. We literally gave them the key to the front door. And asked them to safeguard it. They became key keepers. They were then able to play an exciting game, designed to teach schoolchildren about the history of their church and to help them see the value of their heritage. The children have to work together in and around the church to solve clues and find answers. The ultimate goal is to unlock the game church.

Client: Stichting Oude Groninger Kerken
Concept, design: Paul&Albert 
Production: OpMaat3D, Klaas van Driezum
Paint shop: Color Styling

Awards: German Design Award