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Capilla del Retiro / Undurraga Devés Arquitectos

  • 01:00 - 2 April, 2012
Capilla del Retiro / Undurraga Devés Arquitectos
Capilla del Retiro / Undurraga Devés Arquitectos, © Sergio Pirrone
© Sergio Pirrone

© Sergio Pirrone © Sergio Pirrone © Sergio Pirrone © Sergio Pirrone +25

  • Architects

  • Location

    Santuario de Auco, Calle Larga, Región de Valparaíso, Chile
  • Architect

    Undurraga Devés Arquitectos - Cristián Undurraga
  • Team Design

    Undurraga Deves Arquitectos, Cristián Larraín Bontá, Pablo López, Jean Baptiste Bruderer
  • Altar Design

    José Vicente Gajardo
  • Structural Engineer

    José Jiménez, Rafael Gatica Engineers
  • Constructor

    Terrano S.A.
  • Area

    620.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2009
  • Photographs

From the architect. dark, inmemorial things whose fragments

remain lodged in the soul of the artist"

Paul Klee

Once again we can visualize what is primitive, hand-crafted and tectonic, without making us nostalgic, merely as a silent resistance to squander, frivolity and noise. Seventy kilometers to the north of Santiago lies the Valley of the Andes, one of the most beautiful and fertile areas in the Center of Chile.

© Sergio Pirrone
© Sergio Pirrone

There, the Sanctuary of Teresa de los Andes is located, sprawled next to the Carmelite Monastery of Auco. It is here and at the foot of Mount Carmelo that the Capilla del Retiro was built, next door to the guest house where visitors can stay. It is visited by pilgrims, full of a desire for transcendence and in search of silence and recollection.

© Sergio Pirrone
© Sergio Pirrone

The chapel rises as a confirmation of the extraordinary geography that surrounds it, while respecting the axes established by the series of preexisting buildings. Concrete is the main material of the building’s structure. Its volume, strictly economical, rises up from a crosspiece of 4 beams in the shape of a cross that is supported with the least possible structural elements so that its relationship with the ground is slight but sufficient. Shape and structure here are an indissoluble synthesis.

section 01
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Under the strict geometry of the concrete a patio was excavated, whose rustic stone wall rises hazardously up and around the chapel, compressing and expanding that space of light. As a counterpoint to the magnitude of the geographic surroundings, the interior was designed in the shape of a wooden box recycled from old railway lines. This box hangs from the concrete structure and lies 2 meters under the beams that support it, limiting the view of the emptiness outside.

© Sergio Pirrone
© Sergio Pirrone

The whole of this piece, which appears to levitate over the ground, refers us to the spiritual dimension inside. This space is illuminated from the lower part, leaving a space to view a weightless body in the interior that hides the rationality of its supports, whilst the exterior affords us a view of the stone wall that surrounds the patio. The upper light has been restricted so as to maintain a certain half-light in the box, which is heightened by the dark color of the wood. Here, the duality of the rational exterior / metaphysical interior, so typical of Gothic architecture, assumes a new expression of a commitment to modernity.

© Sergio Pirrone
© Sergio Pirrone
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xinyue ma · March 29, 2014

They play with "floating" so well and so effortlessly! Awesome!

Russell Jones · June 16, 2012

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Colby RItter · June 13, 2012

Love this
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Josh Mings · June 13, 2012

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Steven van Kooten · May 10, 2012

Subliem kerkje in Chili: eenvoudig idee van een overdekte ruimte. Eenmaal binnen lijkt het gebouw te zweven. http://t.co/pYu3eiAP

Maca · April 09, 2012

Esto, esto: http://t.co/j5hE4J1f

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johnnyboy · April 03, 2012

The way it seems to levitate is moving... really beautiful project

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setiadi sopandi · April 03, 2012

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heath west · April 03, 2012

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rsantosfernandes · April 03, 2012

congratulations!
but I have a strange feeling ...
we must have had a telepathic exchange or how we live in the same era were influenced by the same things ...
I had this project/concept in my mind and also in some sketches and sooner or later would build it ... but you arrived first!
Clap!Clap!

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DoorandWindowParts · April 03, 2012

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Gonzalo · April 02, 2012

Stunning...
Poetical...

Congratulations

James Lemanis · April 01, 2012

A floating #church. Beautiful.
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Martin · April 01, 2012

Beautiful, and such a smart elaboration of the structural concept

jeb · March 31, 2012

i love this.

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Jun · March 31, 2012

very peaceful,but i like more trees,i don't know why

David · March 31, 2012

emotional. silence. honor... peace.

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