This project investigates the opportunities a modern architectural language can provide in creating an identity for a chapel in which faith and logic, poetics and pragmatics are reconciled to create a spiritual and engaging space.
The design consists of two main elements - the exterior walls and the roof
The walls are a self supporting latticework of horizontal and vertical planes angled in the x and y directions. The angles of the planes allow the wall to act as a whole in resisting shear and lateral forces. At the same time, the walls are a modern day tracery filtering light in constantly changing patterns. Depending on the angle of the bottom sill plane of a given section the glass pane is set on the outside or the inside face. This gives the project a crystalline effect from the outside where only the panes set on the inside receive shadows and depth.
The faceted roof is reminiscent of archetypal church naves and spires while at the same time appearing draped over the intricate latticework rising from below
SIZE: 7,500 SF
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