mercredi 22 mars 2017

Bosjes Chapel in South Africa

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Bosjes Chapel in South Africa

Place of Worship Building, South Africa – design by Steyn Studio, Architects

22 Mar 2017

Bosjes Chapel

Architects: Steyn Studio

Location: Bosjes Farm, Witzenberg District, Western Cape, South Africa

Completed in December 2016, Steyn Studio’s Bosjes Chapel, is due to open its doors to the public in March this year.

Bosje Chapel

The new chapel, set within a vineyard in South Africa, is designed by South-African born Coetzee Steyn of London based Steyn Studio. Its serene sculptural form emulates the silhouette of surrounding mountain ranges, paying tribute to the historic Cape Dutch gables dotting the rural landscapes of the Western Cape. Constructed from a slim concrete cast shell, the roof supports itself as each undulation dramatically falls to meet the ground. Where each wave of the roof structure rises to a peak, expanses of glazing adjoined centrally by a crucifix adorn the façade.

Bosje Chapel

Drawing poetic inspiration from Psalm 36:7, the crisp white form is conceived as a lightweight, and dynamic structure which appears to float within the valley. A reflective pond emphasises the apparent weightlessness of the structure. Elevated upon a plinth, the chapel rises from the flat land its sits upon, providing a hierarchical focal point within its surroundings. New planting including a vineyard and pomegranate orchard create a lush green oasis on the otherwise exposed site.

Bosje Chapel

Bosje Chapel Bosje Chapel

Inside, a large and open assembly space is created within a simple rectangular plan. Highly polished terazzo floors reflect light internally. The undulating whitewashed ceiling casts an array of shadows which dance within the volume as light levels change throughout the day. This modest palette of materials creates a neutral background to the impressive framed views of the vineyard and mountains beyond.

Bosje Chapel

In order to keep the structural form of the roof and assembly space pure, other elements of the buildings functional programme are either hidden within the plinth, or discretely within the outer corners of the surrounding garden.

Bosje Chapel

Inspired by the simplicity of the Moravian Mission Stations established on Cape Dutch farms in the 19th Century, the chapel lacks a spire – relinquishing a sense of significance in relation to its impressive natural surroundings.

Bosje Chapel

An open embrace which invites in, the chapel is also a space that extends outwards into the valley and mountains beyond, raising the awareness of God’s creation in the immediate environment.

Bosje Chapel

Please note: Steyn Studio were the sole designers of the chapel, directing the design throughout the construction of the project. TV3 Architects were appointed as the project architects.

Bosje Chapel

Bosje Chapel

Bosjes Chapel – Building Information

Start on site: 2013
Completion: December 2016
Gross floor area: 430 sqm
Location: Bosjes Farm, Witzenberg District, Western Cape, South Africa
Design architect: Steyn Studio (UK)
Client: Confidential
Project architect: TV3 Architects (South Africa)
Furniture Design: Liam Mooney Studio
Contractor: Longworth & Faul
Structural engineer: Henry Fagan & Partners
Mechanical & Electrical engineer: Solution Station
Quantity surveyor: De Leeuw
Planning consultant: Ron Brunings
Landscape architect: CNdV Landscape Architects
Heritage Consultants: Graham Jacobs, Elzet Albertyn & Lize Malan

Bosje Chapel

Bosje Chapel

Photographer: Adam Letch

Bosjes Chapel in South Africa images / information received 220317

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