1200 Bricks Little Chapel By S-AR

This is a reaction to the power of one within thought and that of a material piece within a structural system of forces.

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This is a small meditation chapel. The project is a small construction for a little chapel located on a great garden. It’s a chapel to be alone and contain one self within the open space of the garden. It’s also a structure that relates to a human scale in size and to a spiritual one in use.

▼坐落于花园中的礼拜堂,the chapel in the garden


On this very simple basis the structure becomes a constructive exercise under a repetitive tension system that comprises 1200 pieces of hollow red brick separated between them but united by a set of “guides” in the form of steel rods that form rings that vary in size according to the height of the chapel. The pieces are attached to the metallic structure with mortar but there’s no binding between them so they practically appear to float. The tensed structure is flexible but stable at the same time. In the same way that meditation requires a certain degree of introspection and solitude of the individual each piece of brick is alone in the structure immersed between tension and gravity.This is a reaction to the power of one within thought and that of a material piece within a structural system of forces.

▼仅容纳一人的冥想空间,chapel with human scale



▼结构解析,structure analysis


▼砖墙细节,details of the brick



Project: 1200 Bricks Little Chapel
Architects: S-AR
Location: Santiago, Nuevo Leon, Mexico.
Architects in charge: Cesar Guerrero, Ana Cecilia Garza.
Typology: Chapel.
Client: Villarreal Guajardo Family.
Construction Area: 4.25 m2.
Project Year: 2015
Construction Year: 2015-2016
Completion Date: 2016
Photography: Ana Cecilia Garza Villarreal.
Architectural and Construction Drawings: S-AR + Marisol González + Carmen García.
3D Drawings: S-AR + Marisol González + Carmen García.
Model: S-AR + Hugo Bernal + Carmen García.
Technical Supervision: S-AR
Construction: Gonzalo Taméz, Benancio Oviedo, José Guadalupe Flores, Damian Flores.
Materials: 1200 Bricks, Concrete and Steel.

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