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La Estancia Chapel / Bunker Arquitectura

  • 01:00 - 21 August, 2009
La Estancia Chapel / Bunker Arquitectura
La Estancia Chapel / Bunker Arquitectura, © Megs Inniss & Sebastian Suarez
© Megs Inniss & Sebastian Suarez

© Megs Inniss & Sebastian Suarez © Megs Inniss & Sebastian Suarez © Megs Inniss & Sebastian Suarez © Megs Inniss & Sebastian Suarez +20

  • Architects

  • Location

    La estancia, Lomas de Ahuatlan, 62130 Lomas de Ahuatlan, Morelos, Mexico
  • Principals In Charge

    Esteban Suarez, Jorge Arteaga, Sebastian Suarez , Santiago Gitanjalli, Zaida Montañana
  • Collaborators

    Paola Moire, Miguel Angel Martinez, Jimena Muhlia
  • Mechanical & Electrical Engineer

    Cien Acres
  • Civil & Structural Engineer

    DAE
  • Client

    Promotora Amates
  • Main Contractor

    ETASA
  • Site Area

    60,000
  • Area

    117.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2007
  • Photographs

From the architect. La Estancia Wedding Gardens are located in the town of Cuernavaca, an hour drive south of Mexico City. The gardens were conceived in a traditional mexican baroque colonial style but a chapel was never included in the program, so all previous weddings took place under a light canvas canopy roof. It was when one of Bunker´s associates decided to marry in these gardens that it was made known to us the client had been toying for some time with the idea of building the chapel. When he found out a young architect was getting married in his garden the commission to design and build the chapel was granted for what we thought was an almost ridiculous caprice: the client thought very romantic the idea of an architect designing the chapel he would get married in. That was the last thing he found romantic in the endless subsequent discussions that followed.

© Megs Inniss & Sebastian Suarez
© Megs Inniss & Sebastian Suarez

He imagined a chapel in the same style of the gardens. We were all against styles. He wanted a classical approach. We were seduced by the “modern”. He desired to blend in. We believed in contrast. He preferred a closed wall chapel. We craved an open chapel. He was eccentric. Ok, in this we coincided. He required air conditioning. We disapproved of the idea given the size of the project… Bunker gradually won every point with eloquent, persuasive and almost stoical arguments. In the end, we did complete the chapel, inaugurate it with a wedding and it became the clients´ pampered and proud new offspring.

© Megs Inniss & Sebastian Suarez
© Megs Inniss & Sebastian Suarez

A crystal chapel in a warm tropical climate seemed like a contradiction in terms. The green house effect appeared to be something we could not elude. We decided on using U-profiled glass panes that are meant to work together as a single membrane. To separate them as single auto-bearing units, to reduce temperatures during the day, made them fragile and vulnerable. The contractor had never been exposed to this idea but was willing to give it a try. The construction went along as planned and our experiment proved successful. With this, we achieved a well ventilated space and a visual play between the interior and exterior.

© Megs Inniss & Sebastian Suarez
© Megs Inniss & Sebastian Suarez

The site for the chapel was carefully chosen within an enormous area of abundant vegetation. We selected a location that would not require the removal of any of the existing plants or trees, under large jacaranda trees, which form a natural arch over the chapel and provide it with ample shade, thus reducing temperatures during the day. We strived to bring about the least possible impact on the site.

The chapel was conceived as a box and compressed to form a peaked roof. Different shapes were traced on its lateral facades to form a prism which was then subtracted from the main volume. We covered the four facades with U-profiled glass and spaced each piece 10cm. apart from each other. In the altar façade, a cross was outlined and subtracted from the glass veil creating a window that looks out onto the surrounding garden. Exuberant vegetation permeates through the glass lattice walls thus creating a graceful and rhythmical dialogue between the artificial and natural environment.

Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite: "La Estancia Chapel / Bunker Arquitectura" 21 Aug 2009. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/32462/la-estancia-chapel-bunker-arquitectura/>
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29 Comments

Daniel · September 21, 2014

Wow, the client obviously knows the truth...as in the beginning and now, he did not fail to see the tree and not that forbidden fruit.. and our creater connects us and gives us life through air that we breath, do you understand that the meaning of trees know, ask yourself what happens if there is no air to breath for 2 minutes, keep on looking on that apple, the time is coming....

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Bendheim · July 07, 2011

La Estancia Chapel by @bunkerarq blends modern & traditional aesthetics through Lamberts channel #glass: http://ow.ly/5t5T1 #architecture

Riley Brewer · June 25, 2011

@rorylew Phase 3? - http://j.mp/iskDI2

YILUN ZHANG · September 14, 2010

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Irina · September 13, 2010

These tactics could have been used more effectively in different ways. The final product is a bit disappointing.

jasonlee · September 06, 2010

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leporello · October 26, 2009

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SARNAMAN · August 24, 2009

Ugly, tacky, tasteless.

Horrenda, vulgar, corriente. Efectivamente: parece algo que se tuvo que improvisar en Vegas para poder casar a Steve Martin con Goldie Hawn!.... la cruz! por Dios... que cosa mas naca!

StructureHub Blog · August 24, 2009

Definitely original, and atmospheric in any light.

Lumiges.com · August 24, 2009

Wow, that's quite interesting. Particularly interior night shot bring the experience. I like how you used strips of milky glass to connect to great surrounding and at the same time give some privacy. I like it, Lumiges

Remkool · August 23, 2009

religones = falsas conciencias : espacios anodinos

alejandro leal · August 23, 2009

I find it rather ugly, the way the cross is placed in the building is horrible, and the way the platform is made is also ugly. Besides it’s the typical building that looks ugly when it’s weathered.

Randy Brown · August 22, 2009

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Fernando Nuñez · August 22, 2009

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blech · August 21, 2009

Looks like a cheap plastic oven with a Las Vegas cross on one side. Could've done a lot better using the same materials and strategies.

Wedding Planner Bay Area · September 12, 2010 03:44 PM

Harsh, man. Funny

Troy Lemieur · August 22, 2009 12:07 AM

The first part of your comment sounds like a correct description of the church as an institution today. Lol!

neoinc. · August 21, 2009

clever construction imo...
the pics are excellent!!!

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James · August 21, 2009

The end product is completely divorced from the brief and it's purpose. This structure could be anything - it could be a shed for the gardener to keep his tools in - even the religious iconography is an afterthought, rather than part of the expression.

There is no real reasoning behind any of the ideas in this design - there is no underlying concept, or implicit messages - in my opinion, a project with religious attachments and such a definite function like this one has, should be more of an expression of it's purpose.

In my opinion, this building is a terrible and weak response to a brief with much potential, and an obviously flexible client. Furthermore - again, in my opinion - these architects were out of their depth, and allowed more freedom than they have justified with their work. I say this in response to their process, and their product.

DANIEL RUEDA · August 21, 2009

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Architecture+Molding · August 21, 2009

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