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Chapel in Lima, Perú

The chapel is the most sacred place in the cemetery. We have designed a building that produces a great visual impact to the visitor, a visible sign of catholicity. It is inspired by Jesus’ victory over death. The Resurrection of Christ. After the Romans crucified Jesus, he was buried by Joseph of Arimathea in a tomb with a stone on the top, but God raised him from the dead and appeared to many people during forty days before ascending to heaven.

The floor of the chapel is underground, recalling the tomb in which Jesus was buried. In addition, placing it underground helps to isolate it from outside noise, as it is near the entrance to the cemetery and the large avenue that generates noise permanently. The chapel becomes an area of silence for those who wish to pray. It has an independent access to the rest of the building through a ramp with earthy coloured materials that evoke Jesus’s tomb.

The rest of the building is conceived as a monolithic body over the buried chapel, recalling the stone that was closing the tomb of Jesus. This monolithism is achieved with a building with a very pure and compact shape, with small perforations to solve the interior lighting.

We wanted to produce a levitation effect of the building, evoking the ascension of Jesus to heaven after his Resurrection. To achieve this effect, a mirror has been placed in the lower part of the monolithic building around its perimeter.

The cross has been taken as the unequivocal symbol of Catholicism, conferring this form both on the building and on the openings that give light to the highest part of the tower. A large sheet of water located next to the building completes the vision of the cross due to the mirror effect it produces. A strong visual impact to the visitor who accesses the cemetery.

The white colour in the Catholic religion represents God. It symbolizes joy, purity and peace. The facades of the building have been resolved with white prefabricated pieces with different types of holes that filter the light inside the building. These same pieces solve the roof, which is conceived as another facade.

The building is conceived as an enclosed element, with exterior views controlled by the different parts of the facade, focusing on the views of the inside courtyards.

  • Date: 2019
  • Area: 1150 m2
  • Stage: Anteproyecto
  • Location: Lima, Perú
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