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Chapel in Valleaceron / S.M.A.O.

  • 01:00 - 30 April, 2009
Chapel in Valleaceron / S.M.A.O.
Chapel in Valleaceron / S.M.A.O.

Chapel in Valleaceron / S.M.A.O. Chapel in Valleaceron / S.M.A.O. Chapel in Valleaceron / S.M.A.O. Chapel in Valleaceron / S.M.A.O. +7

  • Architects

  • Location

    13400 Almadén, Castille La Mancha, Spain
  • Architect

    Sancho-Madridejos Architecture Office
  • Principals

    Sol Madridejos & Juan Carlos Sancho
  • Project Leader

    Luis Renedo
  • Assistant Technical Architect

    Martin Pozuelo
  • Collaborators

    Luis Renedo, Juan A. Garrido, Emilio Gómez Ramos, Patricia Planell, Marta Toral, Andrey García, Javier Moreno
  • Project Year


From the architect. The idea of situating and relating a series of objects in the landscape- Dwelling, Chapel, Hunting pavilion and Guard´s residence- gave the project a dual significance: in addition to the close relationship between landscape, objects and itinerary -between space and objects-, each item had to provide a different response with different emphasis, from the most symbolic to the most silent or private. The unifying thread was to be the concept of the fold: the fold as a hidden generator of different spaces.

The Chapel is developed around the study and manipulation of a focally tensed "box-fold".

It is set at the top of a slight rights, making it the reference point in the landscape seen from the property entrance 2 Km away at a low point, as well as in different visions from the entire itinerary.

The Chapel has a naked design and lacks artificial lighting. The exterior-interior spatial relationship determines its focus, its meaning. Only a cross and an image at the focal point underscore the symbolic aspects of the project.

The proposed fold in the box, the corbusian "boîte", gives rise to a single material: golden concrete that captures all the nuances demanded of the volume, from the trapped direct light that bursts in like an additional plane in the spatial composition, to the transmission of the unstable, coloured smell of dawn. Light thus takes on the role of a second material in the Chapel - a material that contrasts with the concrete - fragile, changing, mobile, unstable; dominating or vanishing.

Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite: "Chapel in Valleaceron / S.M.A.O." 30 Apr 2009. ArchDaily. Accessed . <>
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ArchiTooth · July 26, 2016

If the design cannot be constructed with just one big panel similar to the paper in the design process, this form makes no sense. If you want to fold it, fold it, not try to be visually similar.

Natalya Merculova · August 26, 2012

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Olaf Grossbaf · May 31, 2012

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Doug C. · April 09, 2012

Every time I see this I like it more and more. Beautiful and rigorous.

Helen Cheesbrough · April 08, 2012 via @ArchDaily

Bryant Yee · March 10, 2012

Chapel in Villeaceron inspired by origamic forms

Amrita · March 06, 2012

Studying the #Villeaceron Chapel/ S.M.A.O. for folds. Hmmm. via @archdaily

Saud Abdulaziz · March 01, 2012

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SHAIKH HUSSAIN · February 29, 2012

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Maria Lorena Lehman · August 27, 2011

Intriguing --> Chapel Inspired from the Fold

around tweet · January 30, 2011
Chapel in Villeaceron / S.M.A.O.

sandro balesiashvili · January 30, 2011

o my god ))

UVNS · October 01, 2010
nFormas_design · July 08, 2010

A Arte do Origami inspirando arquitetos...

Pedro Valloz · June 23, 2010

Capela Villeaceron / SMAO archdaily

joel panish · May 12, 2010

Magnificent! I will be in Spain this October & would like to photograph it.
Can anyone just drive up & photograph it?
Is an appointment needed?
Is it possible to go in?
I would appreciate any information you could email me.
Thank you,
Joel Panish

SWG STUDIO · April 10, 2010

A Chapel is developed around the study & manipulation of a focally tensed “box-fold” #concretebuilding

Luis Bolaños · April 08, 2010

not a new one, but I still love this chapel #concrete #architecture

+++ · April 08, 2010


DCV · January 12, 2010

I'd like to pray there. It reminds me of Pascal Arquitectos' Casa de Meditación. Especially in the management of light and materiality.

To Archdaily managers, why don't you apply here the system of comment rating (positive-negative) that is currently used in Plataforma Arquitectura?

FAUST eduardo · November 10, 2009

Capela Villeaceron | Espanha | Arqs Sol Madridejos & Juan Sancho

jc · July 19, 2009

thank you Francis and Nath.We are architects.

nath · June 23, 2009

perfect, another idea of simplicity dreamt in imagination, executed with effect. concept to outcome is ideal and results in an architecture without influence, purely space and function. can't express the praise enough.

James Kingsley · June 19, 2009

2 absolutely gorgeous chapels:

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Adit · May 05, 2009

Good Idea, Brilliant...

Gman · May 04, 2009

verging on pointless

Gman · May 04, 2009


HSXK · May 04, 2009

I do like it, so amazing form. It's creative, and just the way I appreciate to design!

Cory Hall · May 02, 2009

The morphology of this chapel in Villeaceron is incredible

Antti Paasivaara · May 01, 2009 Chapel in Villeaceron / S.M.A.O

francis · May 01, 2009

Mathematics and space indeed! If I may reference the Grande Arche in La Defence, Paris ... they belong to the "cube" family or the "tesseract". It is a very rich language for architecture that is inexhaustible, and yearning to be elaborated.
If Architecture is about occupying a space. The architects here have captured a space and crafted a space from it - very clever, and have found Architecture successfully I believe. The architecture is so deliberate in arresting a space to the point that it does not have a path leading to it. The front, entrance side, denote it is not even connected to the ground. It has the genes of Corbusier.
Architecture should not be considered subjectively nor by comparison (embroil in styles). They are disservices to self or otherwise.

Ultra man · May 01, 2009

Don't agree with Bo Lucky, the Prayer & Meditation Pavilion in Sudan feels like a public toilet being manicured. Or a prison cell being painted in white.
This space looks higher and has a real interesting philosophical point of view, the fold, which goes back to thinking about mathematics and god, thus Leibniz...
The first one is an easy politically correct white box for new age architects, this one is trying to elevate your mind in time where science and faith need to confront each other in a positive way.

Duc C. Nguyên · May 01, 2009

Chapel in Villeaceron / S.M.A.O.:
Architect: Sancho-Madridejos Architecture Office Location: Almadén, Ciudad Re..

jlbr · May 01, 2009

at some point it got too "pointy", one too many folds i'd say...

like a tadao ando design gone astray.

u · April 30, 2009

it looks like 2008 torino competition's(info point) 1st place project, paperbox..

Bernie Madoff · April 30, 2009

Will that chapel make me believe in god again? In any case it will make me believe more in human creativity and inventivness. They really created a "spiritual" place. Beatiful. Hence, I would definitely use it to house my personal gym. Wonderful things could happen in that space.

francis · April 30, 2009

WOW! Lines, edges, planes, angles, light, concrete ... one word - Modern. No isms, no ity. I want to pray there.

Opium · April 30, 2009

I agree with bo...too many tricks in this one...tipical spanish concrete paella...lot of bullshit talk and in the end you get this very boring space that will eventually appear in one of El croquis issues being sold as spain's contribution to architectural inovation.

Bo Lucky · April 30, 2009

Compare simplicty of form and function to the Prayer & Meditation Pavillion in Sudan
In my opinion Sudan definitly wins...


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