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Chapel in Tarnow / Beton

  • 01:00 - 6 November, 2009
Chapel in Tarnow / Beton
Chapel in Tarnow / Beton, © Beton
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Tarnów, Poland
  • Architect

    Beton / Marta Rowińska & Lech Rowiński
  • Building Team

    Local Semi-Professional Builders
  • Investor

    Well-known Polish Writer
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

From the architect. It is a small, wooden church built on a high bank of Vistula River, in a small village of Tarnów, by a private investor (which is quite uncommon in Poland). The church serves as a place of meditation and prayer for the local community. It is constructed entirely of wood, with no windows except for one glass wall, which serves as a background for the altar. Inside, you can find your peace by looking through the wall at the river and the distant horizon. The steep, wooden roof transforms unnoticeable into the side walls - the whole covering is made of the same material - small asp chops laid in a pattern).

© Beton
© Beton

Everything tries to find its balance between being simple, delicate and really strong. Building the church had also a “side” purpose: to bring the local community together. It was built by not very skilled workers, so the technology had to be really simple. Concrete slab as a foundation, timber structure as the main “spine” of the building and the wooden cladding. There is almost no detail, no fancy elements. This is also a kind of experiment - how to create a certain quality of space with the use of rudimentary technical simplicity. The investor, who is a quite well-known Polish writer, decided to save this small bit of the Vistula bank from becoming an another wild beach with a cheap bar on the side. A church is something people still respect, so presenting it to them in such an unexpected scenery, draws their minds to new, unexpected thoughts...

© Beton
© Beton
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richA · January 10, 2014

Can someone give a precise description of how to get there or the address?

dj intro · September 22, 2011


doron rosmarin · July 27, 2011

Chapel in Tarnow / Beton

Rich · September 18, 2010

A simple, beautiful and elegant building! Does anybody know what those cables running along the edges of the building are for?

Jack · April 16, 2012 02:07 AM

Those cables are part of lightning protection

dog_race · April 23, 2010
Chapel in Tarnow / Beton | ArchDaily

Jaro Kukucka · April 05, 2010

Sunday place to contemplate #architecture #concrete

Dashen · November 28, 2009

I love this scale of building. It's more architectural.

Virginia · November 07, 2009

wonderfull... so nice and simply

Tanja · November 07, 2009

I wish I could live in this space.

PIÑOL · November 07, 2009

Beton' www ROCKS too, SADLY I can't understand a word.

hjm · November 07, 2009

There are differences between elevations and photos.
looks little bit different about joints of pillars & beam isn't it?

1lunoxod · November 07, 2009

I like this!
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eb · November 07, 2009

A+ That pict with the snowy landscape in the background makes me want to be there!

unlikelymoose · November 07, 2009

I love how the timber beams and the altar window structure form a sea of crosses from the vantage point of the pews

BROSALIN · November 07, 2009


MAya · November 06, 2009

Tim Burton should love this project...great team....

Adam B · November 06, 2009

Leszek&Marta- congratulations from AB i AF.

monika · November 06, 2009

congratulations!idea for five plus :)

antti · November 06, 2009

Fantastic!! Simple but full of expression. Nice contrast between the simple outer shape and the very beautiful inner structures. I want to go there NOW!

sretrahc · November 06, 2009

studio name...

Adi · November 06, 2009

Nice & Simple! But where's BETON? :)


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