The top of this concrete chapel angles up towards the Swiss Alps skies. Like a crack on a grotto, the large concrete funnel form allows natural light to find its way in.
This proposal by Porto based architect Joaquim Portela was designed to integrate the mountain landscape, becoming part of it.
“The search of the light is the concept behind the volume form. The interior space of the chapel was created to be closed to landscape, becoming an introspection space”, the architect said.Inside, the design elements are kept to a minimum. Bare walls and a minimalist crucifix create a calm and modest atmosphere, ideal for prayer and introspection. The ceiling opening lets the rays of light stream through reflecting on the white marble altar and light wooded floor.
The interior of the chapel is almost entirely closed to the surroundings and does not have any windows. In contrast, “the sacristy opens up to the landscape creating not only a meditation room, but also a contemplation space”, explained Joaquim Portela.
Edited by City of Future’s staff.