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Sunset Chapel / BNKR Arquitectura

  • 01:00 - 28 February, 2011
Sunset Chapel / BNKR Arquitectura
Sunset Chapel / BNKR Arquitectura, © Esteban Suárez
© Esteban Suárez

© Esteban Suárez © Esteban Suárez © Esteban Suárez © Esteban Suárez +30

  • Location

    Acapulco, Guerrero, Mexico
  • Architects

    BNKR Arquitectura
  • Partners

    Esteban Suárez (Founding Partner), Sebastián Suárez
  • Project Leaders

    Mario Gottfried, Javier González & Roberto Ampudia
  • Project Team

    Mario Gottfried, Rodrigo Gil, Roberto Ampudia, Javier González, Óscar Flores, David Sánchez, Diego Eumir, Guillermo Bastian & Adrian Aguilar
  • Collaborators

    Jorge Arteaga y Zaida Montañana
  • Structural Engineers

    Juan Felipe Heredia & José Ignacio Báez
  • Mep

    SEI
  • Lighting

    Noriega Iluminadores – Ricardo Noriega
  • Construction

    Factor Eficiencia – Fermin Espinosa & Francisco Villeda
  • Area

    120.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

From the architect. Our first religious commission was a wedding chapel conceived to celebrate the first day of a couple’s new life. Our second religious commission had a diametrically opposite purpose: to mourn the passing of loved ones. This premise was the main driving force behind the design, the two had to be complete opposites, they were natural antagonists. While the former praised life, the latter grieved death. Through this game of contrasts all the decisions were made: Glass vs. Concrete, Transparency vs. Solidity, Ethereal vs. Heavy, Classical Proportions vs. Apparent Chaos, Vulnerable vs. Indestructible, Ephemeral vs. Lasting…

© Esteban Suárez
© Esteban Suárez

The client brief was pretty simple, almost naïve: First, the chapel had to take full advantage of the spectacular views. Second, the sun had to set exactly behind the altar cross (of course, this is only possible twice a year at the equinoxes). And last but not least, a section with the first phase of crypts had to be included outside and around the chapel. Metaphorically speaking, the mausoleum would be in perfect utopian synchrony with a celestial cycle of continuous renovation.

© Esteban Suárez
© Esteban Suárez

Two elements obstructed the principal views: large trees and abundant vegetation, and a behemoth of a boulder blocking the main sight of the sunset. In order to clear these obstructions (blowing up the gigantic rock was absolutely out of the question for ethical, spiritual, environmental and, yes, economical reasons) the level of the chapel had to be raised at least five meters. Since only exotic and picturesque vegetation surrounds this virgin oasis, we strived to make the least possible impact on the site reducing the footprint of the building to nearly half the floor area of the upper level.

© Esteban Suárez
© Esteban Suárez

Acapulco’s hills are made up of huge granite rocks piled on top of each other. In a purely mimetic endeavor, we worked hard to make the chapel look like “just another” colossal boulder atop the mountain.

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67 Comments

Maria João · June 01, 2012

http://t.co/PeIObtgo Sunset Chapel / BNKR Arquitectura PÁRA TUDO!esta capela parece a Casa da Música O_o

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Bex Davies · November 08, 2011

@lmfbs i&#39m going to get married here http://t.co/oFnaV0v9

Bex Davies · November 08, 2011

@lmfbs i&#39m going to get married here http://t.co/oFnaV0v9

evieant · October 10, 2011

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Renata Matos · September 05, 2011

Definitivamente, uma das capelas mais bacanas projetadas. Sunset Chapel / BNKR Arquitectura | ArchDaily http://t.co/Eqz5ssI via @archdaily

Miguel Antuna · August 05, 2011

Jueves de tendencia en edificación y construcción:
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cmicnacional · August 05, 2011

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Adriane Sesti · August 04, 2011

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Camilo Ponce II · July 30, 2011

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jibrur · June 12, 2011

this wreckage is king
form is wreck
but spatial quality is king

mahsa m · April 13, 2011

Beautiful

Edgar Navarro · March 29, 2011

i wish someday be like you!!!!! jeje

Juan Gayarre · March 15, 2011

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Gerardo Martinez · March 10, 2011

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antonio eustaquio · March 08, 2011

EXCELENTE!

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joe · March 05, 2011

It got parts from diffrent projects
the exterior form reminds me of Koolhaas casa da musica
the entry -Peter Zumthor's chapel
and the interior -Tadao Ando's chapel
anyway grate re-mix project!!

POG POLICE · March 03, 2011

Beautiful church for E.T God worship http://www.archdaily.com/11476...

eidamm · March 03, 2011

did anyone say Koolhaas?

philip modest schambelan · March 03, 2011

simply love it!!!
love the shape, love the way up, love the reaction to the task and context!!

good work....

POG POLICE · March 03, 2011

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ondbar · March 03, 2011
Guido Schröpel · March 02, 2011

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kjunna · March 02, 2011

Concrete can be beautiful! http://bit.ly/ecOYqY

Shajedur Rahman · March 02, 2011

It has a beautiful play of light at the entrance which is missing at the upper floor. the form is very interesting. the two small wall, immediate next to the cross could have been solid to mitigate the distraction.

Viktor · March 02, 2011

Beautiful and enigmatic... What a great job.

h.a. · March 01, 2011

too complicated!! this small chapels work better with simple and poetic use of space (ie zumthor's chapels). with a bit slight rearrangement you could still fit a lift ( ;

munter roe · March 01, 2011

Best things been on here in a while. The only thing i don't like are the concrete seats.

Couldn't get that built in the uk, building control would have a field day.

Aleksander · March 01, 2011

The architecture is cut solid

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jbaab · March 01, 2011

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Gijs de Koning · March 01, 2011

I would give up atheism to visit this chapel, stunning architecture! http://www.archdaily.com/11476...

Giuliana Fiszbeyn · March 01, 2011

Capela. Reverência à magnifica paisagem do entorno.
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Grant · March 01, 2011

The funeral business is pretty prosperous right now in Mexico. Nice way to say farewell to the narcos.

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up_today_arch · March 01, 2011

wow... the best... first prize...

abe · March 01, 2011

It's just a form. Completely uninteresting.

Jonathan · March 01, 2011

What about accessibilty?
Cool to see only, in my humble opinion.

SumiK · March 01, 2011

@pl543 I like how the author reinterpreted [if THT was the intention at all] in which case there is nothing wrong with that approach too, because you are reevaluating it the given context with it own challenges, why isnt that a valid approach to design..?

Other than that.. I liked the concept and project overall.. well executed.

pl543 · March 01, 2011 03:21 AM

The problem is that I'm not seeing as a reinterpretation so much as I'm seeing as a pastiche of other ideas that are too present in the overall design, instead of serving as a departure point to the design. I'm not saying it isn't well executed, I'm saying that it's too dependeant on other buildings conceptually and in terms of form.

musica · March 01, 2011

casa da musica...anyway, it´s a nice building

pl543 · March 01, 2011

The shape is reminiscent of Casa da Música by Koolhaas and the interior is reminiscent of Church of Light by Ando. Not a very original design overall.

dana dehghan · November 19, 2011 02:15 PM

I agree with pl543. It it beautifull but a copy from Ando and Koolhaas.

andrew · March 01, 2011

star wars..cool! :) [thumbs up]

mm2919 · March 01, 2011

superbe,
le sophistiqué du dessin,
la réalisation brute,
on anticipe un espace dur, difficile d'accès mais serein, mérité, solitaire et silencieux.

chapeau pour cette démonstration.

Trevdor · February 28, 2011

Well done, would love to visit some day.

gc · February 28, 2011

This project is breathtaking! Good job!

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