Who said that religious architecture was part of the past? Far from getting stuck in the opulent and spectacular cathedrals, today we find an interesting alternative. The chapels are, in short, spaces of introspection, places to shelter our thoughts, and to clarify ideas. Considering this concept as the main objective, chapels can then, be buildings where materiality, light and color are the key to design.
We discover in this More With Less ranking, timeless places, here the immersion in space is essential. Buildings where even the most sophisticated technology, applied to the use of material, can generate spaces of wonderful sensitivity.
Architecture must be aimed to serve the city and its inhabitants and, therefore, it should be able to evolution with societies over the years. The architecture studio Moneo Brock has successfully reinterpreted one of the most traditional architectures, the church, with the result of a project adapted to current needs –beyond its religious function- and turned towards the surrounding public space.
Bishop Edward King Chapel, is a small temple located in Cuddeston, a rural area south of Oxford, UK. Designed by Níall McLaughlin, architecture studio, it has been built after winning the 2009 RIBA competition, under the proposal to design a new chapel for the Ripon Theological College.
The community space “The Chapel” built in a new urban ward on the outskirt of Hochiminh city, Vietnam, has been named World Building of the Year 2014 at the World Architecture Festival in Singapore. This building is made from recycled materials and fabric of colors, designed by local studio a21studio.
Wordship places are always quiet and sometimes isolated. In this case, Chinese Studio Vector Architects has designed one that is also ‘floating’ over the sea. Seashore Chapel is a concrete chapel located in Beidaihe, a seaside town east of Beijing, and it is raised up over concrete columns to be the closest building to the sea.
The San Bernardo chapel, designed by the Argentine architect Nicolás Campodónico, is located in the province of Cordoba, Argentina. In this religious space, whose materials are composed of brick and natural light, a cross is projected in the dusk of each day. In that same place, which was originally occupied by a rural home, the previous structure was dismantled in order to reuse their century-old bricks which were incorporated into the chapel. This young architect understands that great architecture is accomplished when matter and space are welded to transform form and state.