Saint Francis Chapel (Room of Meditation) by Rafael Hintersteiner
2011 - 2012, Golden A' Architecture, Building and Structure Design Award Winner
The idea for the project came in 2008 during a journey to Umbria where I visited Assisi and I was so fascinated that I decided to create a Chapel for Saint Francis.
The Saint Francis Chapel does not meet the conventional principles of the design of a chapel. It is a small cubic room inviting to pause for a moment of remembrance. The relationship with nature associated with Saint Francis is not what the design of the chapel shall convey, but it is the simplicity and openness, the reduction to elementariness and the restraint of symbolism. A room of meditation was created: a room of possibilities which is open for everyone. The open ceiling shall guide the view beyond the everyday. Small candle niches link to the traditional mysticism in this sparse room.
Design Challenges
The aim of the project was not only to create a room of meditation. It should also create a dialogue between different cultures (restraint of symbolism). The Chapel is open for everyone.
Production Technology
Structured (OSB board) black concrete was used as one material for the hole building.
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