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  7. Apostle Peter and St. Helen the Martyr Chapel / Michail Georgiou

Apostle Peter and St. Helen the Martyr Chapel / Michail Georgiou

  • 03:00 - 24 August, 2015
Apostle Peter and St. Helen the Martyr Chapel / Michail Georgiou
Apostle Peter and St. Helen the Martyr Chapel / Michail Georgiou, © Charis Solomou
© Charis Solomou

© Charis Solomou © Charis Solomou © Charis Solomou © Charis Solomou +17

  • Structural Engineer

  • Quantity Surveyor

    Danae Kynigou
  • Mechanical Engineer

    Savvas Leonidou
  • Light Design

    Kyriaki Pafitou
  • Artist

    Konstandinos Zannetos
  • Contractor

    A. Ioannou Constructions LTD
  • Metal Contractor

    Makico Metal Contractors LTD
  • Owner/Sponsor

    Petros and Elli Georgiou
  • More SpecsLess Specs
© Charis Solomou
© Charis Solomou

From the architect. The Greek Orthodox chapel commemorating Apostle Peter and St. Helen the Martyr is situated on Kerkiras Street, in St. Theodoros area in Pafos, Cyprus. The founding stone was placed by the Bishop of Pafos, Georgios IV, on Saturday 7th December 2013 and the project was completed on Sunday 19th July 2015.   

© Charis Solomou
© Charis Solomou

The Architecture

The chapel typology belongs to the double-aisle vaulted orthodox temples. The building program includes a Narthex, a Nave, a side Aisle, a Sanctuary and a Prothesis. Morphologically, it is inspired by the local orthodox ecclesiastical architecture, while, through a series of innovative building methods and materials, it presents a contemporary example. As such, the entire chapel is formed by extruding a section along a longitudinal axis which results in a legible, lightweight and welcoming form.

© Charis Solomou
© Charis Solomou

The interaction of the extrusion with the programmatic elements of the building creates complex moments and rich spaces within the volume. The east and west sides of the extruded form are left open providing covered spaces filtering daylight and views. On the east side, a semi-cylindrical, self-standing element hosting the sanctuary is inserted in the volume. On the west, vertical louvers, forming the bell-tower, provide shading for the entrance of the chapel while a large 5.5-meter-tall door allows the interior to be merged with the exterior. Finally, the landscape, identified by the almond trees complements the synthesis.

Perspective Section
Perspective Section

The Structure

A steel structural frame and reinforced concrete walls are bound together by a thin rigid shell, acting as a seismic diaphragm, forming the composite structural system of the chapel. The shell has a total thickness of 100 mm, including thermal insulation, and it has been constructed using Ferrocement, a cementious composite used in the 60's for constructing thin shell structures and boats.

© Charis Solomou
© Charis Solomou

The material and construction techniques have been revived and used for the first time on the island of Cyprus combining traditional and modern construction methods. Ferrocement allows greater precision and flexibility in adapting to the free form shape, at a much lower construction costs.

Perspective Plan
Perspective Plan

Iconographies

The Sanctuary Mural and the Iconostasis are emphasized by the filtered entrance light, which penetrates the longitudinal interior of the Chapel. The cupola of the Sanctuary features Virgin Mary and baby Christ, surrounded and celebrated by Seraphim and Cherubim. The figures are highlighted by the highly detailed textile folds and the large spectrum of golden shades. The composition is complemented by elaborated geometric ornaments.

© Charis Solomou
© Charis Solomou

The Iconostasis holds the Icons of Christ, Virgin Mary, Apostle Peter and St. Helen, while allowing selected views to the mural of the Sanctuary through a number of small openings.

© Charis Solomou
© Charis Solomou
Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite: "Apostle Peter and St. Helen the Martyr Chapel / Michail Georgiou" 24 Aug 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/772253/apostle-peter-and-st-helen-the-martyr-chapel-michail-georgiou/>
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3 Comments

Branko Nikolich · August 28, 2015

Class, style...clean and neat. Great, great work. I`m jealous:) Also credits to my beloved brother Charis for outstanding, stunning pics, re!

Theag · August 25, 2015

Minimal great work!

Jake Groth · August 24, 2015

Nice little project. I like.

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