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Farewell Chapel / OFIS Arhitekti

  • 01:00 - 17 June, 2009
Farewell Chapel / OFIS Arhitekti
Farewell Chapel / OFIS Arhitekti

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Krašnja, 1225 Lukovica, Slovenia
  • Architect

    OFIS arhitekti
  • Design Team

    Rok Oman, Spela Videcnik, Andrej Gregoric, Janez martincic, Magdalena Lacka, Katja Aljaz, Martina Lipicer
  • Competition Year

  • Constructed Area

    135 sqm (70 sqm of inner space & 65 sqm of external space)
  • Area

    70.0 sqm
  • Project Year


From the architect. A farewell chapel is located in a village close to Ljubljana.

The site plot is next to the existing cemetery. The chapel is cut into the rising landscape.

The shape is following the lines of the landscape trajectories around the graveyard.

Three curved walls are embracing and dividing the programs.

External curve is dividing the surrounding hill from chapel plateau and also reinstates main supporting wall.

Services such as storages, wardrobe restrooms and kitchenette are on the inner side along the wall.

Internal curve is embracing main farewell space. It is partly glazed and it is opening towards outside plateau for summer gatherings.

Roof is following its own curvature and forming external porch.

Catholic sign is featured as laying cross positioned on the rooftop above the main farewell space.

It also functions as luminous dynamic element across the space during the daytime and lighting spark in night time.

Materials are polished concrete, larch wood, glass.

Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite: "Farewell Chapel / OFIS Arhitekti" 17 Jun 2009. ArchDaily. Accessed . <>
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book searcher · April 09, 2012

really beautiful

West · September 14, 2010


Hades · March 31, 2010

Plan is really good.

quark · March 04, 2010

Just beautiful!

Lucas · January 22, 2010

It looks like Oscar Niemeyer's Casa das Canoas in Rio de Janeiro, particularly the interior.

Kiran Max Weber · December 09, 2009

The Farewell Chapel by OFIS Arhitekti in Slovenia. Absolutely beautiful.

proarchitectonics · June 26, 2009

Truly beautiful project. More with less..

dalu · June 25, 2009

Simplistic and cliche.... an underdeveloped design and very weak. A truly failed effort.

mike · June 24, 2009

Nice project and also clean good shots

wert · June 24, 2009

Agree with you Timothy, great project, there is no need to explain with hundreds of diagrams and con-textual explanations...

Timothy · June 21, 2009

very nice to see these kind of projects on archdaily. So much better than parametric-photoshop-nonsense.
Architecture? program, concept, material, space, function!
Great project!

wim · June 21, 2009

This project made my day; beautiful simplicity

2MACoff · June 20, 2009


yours · June 19, 2009

architecture by material and context (in this case - view from the window...)
is it still an architecture?

felix · June 19, 2009

i love it.
the polished concrete and the curve at the exterior wall
but for me i think the cross over the roof is a bit.. odd though. maybe it should span through the whole ceiling like the ando's church.

Ralf · June 19, 2009

A beautiful project.

sound · June 19, 2009

beautiful project, no further comment, just congratulations

deson · June 19, 2009

The curved form of the design is modeled after the topography: It has as little to do with the overall experience or conceptual justification as the crucifix does to spiritual consolation. The choice of material doesn't render me an ounce of sensory comfort. A run-of-the-mill design.

Hermes · June 19, 2009

This building is a habitable coffin...

Duc C. Nguyên · June 18, 2009

Farewell Chapel / OFIS Arhitekti:
Architect: OFIS arhitekti Location: Krasnja, Slovenia Competition Year: 2005

greggtwogs · June 18, 2009
kosta · June 18, 2009

Totally agree with previous comment by /Mookie Wilson. Exactly what I was thinking. Position and function is so discreet and not disturbing that should not be taken as "to literaly". I think cross adds extra detail and sacral feeling in abstract empty space which, I presume have to be empty-without furniture.

Mookie Wilson · June 18, 2009

I disagree with the criticism of the crucifix- I think it could be rather powerful. I'm not too familiar with local customs or the actual function of this chapel, but I assume that it functions as a viewing area for the body before burial. In that case, you can imagine that the casket is presented in alignment with the cross. During the day, this would permit an imprint of sunlight in the shape of the cross to drape the body. Very literal, but also a very strong use of light as a christian allegory.

tabitha · June 18, 2009

I agree with 'three zed'...Although I see Terry and Fedricks' point, I feel that an understated crucifix would have been a bit cliche or forced. The abruptness of the cross is nicely unexpected...just my 2 cents....

L-air · June 18, 2009

Project touched me, thx OFIS

Luis · June 18, 2009

beatiful project....good implantation with the topography.

three zed · June 18, 2009

I do appreciate the fact that the cross is a bit to literal.
We tend to overdo with artistic interpretance of space, but this project shows, in my opinion, the subtle understanding of human nature. I try to imagine people who will be in this chapel, and I have to to think of their pain and feeling of great loss. In those moments I would find a sign like this to be calming and beautiful. When in distress, we need something to be a bit more obvious in order to be noticed.
And that said, I still find the cross to be so elegant and simple.
Amazing building!

llacma · June 18, 2009

I think cross has really nice effect during the night as the only source of light. It gives special glow on the central space. See night photos.

Frederick · June 18, 2009

Terry Glenn Phipps, you seem to be reading my mind !!!
I absolutely love the space created in this chapel, and the way the horizontal concrete slab fusions with the vertical curving wall in breath taking. But as Terry said, I think the cross lets it down a bit, it is to literal and in no way fits the fantastically subtle experience of the rest of the building. Its presence is way to strong, and the symbol of the bright light flowing in vertically is just TOO obvious. In that sense, maybe a simplified or abstracted cross (like Tadao Ando's little chapel by the lake) would have been stronger.
But in any case, great building!!

Terry Glenn Phipps · June 18, 2009

This is an extremely interesting project. The organic shapes and use of vertical birch recall Aalto. They are also genuinely organic as opposed to the digitally skewed polygons that so often pass for natural shapes these days.

The siting seems particularly successful and intelligent. Sitting below the crest of a hill in a very simple devotional chapel must be an ennobling experience.

The program is clear and coherent and the architects have been consistent in their use of the perimeter wall. It is good that they restrained the urge to decorate or furnish the hall. As it is the space is dedicated to rite and to the departed.

I do have an argument with the crucifix. The horizontal placement and the scale feel very wrong for such a building that clearly strives for humility. The geometry seems very jarring and in your face for what is otherwise such a beautiful space. My feeling is that an elegant crucifix hanging on the wall, or even standin,g would have been much more for the space and its mission.

Terry Glenn Phipps

blackstone · March 31, 2010 04:38 AM

FYI-- it's a cross not a crucifix
(a crucifix includes the body of Christ)

Temple · June 18, 2009

I like them ! OFIS rules ;)

littlerock · June 18, 2009

I like the roof, but the chapel is so simple!! It may be better!

middle · June 18, 2009

Star architects should learn something from projects like this one; well done

imagine · June 18, 2009

i like the way they used materials: concrete, wood, glass, grass and gravel. they bring a feeling of warmness...warmness from the love of God.

Isamu · June 18, 2009

Strong and impressive. Smart position of the catholic sign: hidden and incorporated element into the landscape surface. Adds sacral feeling inside from above.

thomas foral · June 18, 2009

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Jules · June 18, 2009

Shocking elegant piece > original

intell · June 18, 2009

Great project. Pure abstraction. Resemblance with land art

larpey · June 18, 2009

Nothing spiritual about a ceiling opening resembling a cross. A limited experience with a very denominational symbol and a lack of space planning

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CMO ARCH · June 18, 2009

This is incredibly simplistic, in a good way! I think it would be great if the cross was tilted to face towards the other buildings, so it would glow to them at night. Very strong piece. although it would have been nice to see some planned furniture inside.


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