Thursday, 18 December 2008

La Estancia Chapel (Chapel in a Garden)- Simple Stunning Architecture 11

La Estancia Chapel 1La Estancia Chapel 2A crystal chapel...
"La Estancia Chapel was designed for a beautiful Mexican colonial garden that caters for weddings."

This simply beautiful garden chapel is located in the town of Cuernavaca,“the city of eternal spring” which is an hour drive south of Mexico City. Previous weddings in the town of Cuernavaca all took place under a light canvas canopy roof since it lacks of chapel. With warm climate, relative proximity to the big city and beautiful gardens, Cuernavaca is a very popular destination for couples from Mexico City.
La Estancia Chapel 3La Estancia Chapel 4Bunker Arquitectura did not like the idea of using air conditioning when the client suggested it, they even consider replacing the glass for other material due to high cost + contamination of its surrounding environment. After subsequent discussions, they realized if they were to separate the U-profiled glass in the manner of lattice-work, they could create a well ventilated space as well as achieving a visual play between the interior and exterior + the site within an enormous area of abundant vegetation, did not require the removal of any of the existing plants or trees, under the large jacaranda trees, which form a natural arch over the chapel and provide it with ample shade, thus reducing temperatures during the day.
La Estancia Chapel 5La Estancia Chapel 6La Estancia Chapel 7"The chapel was conceived in a box and compressed to form a peaked roof. Different shapes were traced on its lateral facades to form a prism which was then subtracted from the main volume. We covered the four facades with U-profiled glass and spaced each piece 10cm. apart from each other. In the altar façade, a cross was outlined and subtracted from the glass veil creating a window that looks out onto the surrounding garden. The exuberant vegetation and tall jacaranda trees permeate through the glass lattice walls, creating a graceful and rhythmical dialogue between the interior and exterior space." -Bunker Arquitectura.
a+. bunker arquitectura via e-architect

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