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De la Piedra Chapel / Nomena Arquitectos + Ximena Alvarez

  • 01:00 - 10 October, 2010
De la Piedra Chapel / Nomena Arquitectos + Ximena Alvarez
De la Piedra Chapel / Nomena Arquitectos + Ximena Alvarez, © Ronald Harrison
© Ronald Harrison

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Cieneguilla, Peru
  • Architects

    Nomena Arquitectos + Ximena Alvarez
  • Structure

    Luis Yeckle
  • Client

    De la Piedra Family
  • Contractor

    Americo Chavez
  • Project Area

    85 sqm
  • Area

    15000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photographs

From the architect. The de la Piedra Chapel is located at the margin of the Lurín river and beside the Lomas de Castilla hill, in the district of Cieneguilla, east of the city of Lima.

The area is characterized for a natural context of desert vegetation, in contact with the foothills of the Andes mountain chain.

© Ronald Harrison
© Ronald Harrison

The commission was to design, within a rural lot, a private chapel for a couple who values solitude.

The placement, away from the preexisting dwelling, isolates from everyday and induces a long walk in order to reach the project. The generating line of this hike derives from a form of nature: the seashell.

© Ronald Harrison
© Ronald Harrison

This continuous spiral creates an enclosure within the vastness of the plot, and by means of reflection and surprise, values the transition from the “profane” of everyday life to a profoundly “sacred” space where verticality is the means to approach the divine.

© Ronald Harrison
© Ronald Harrison

Its orthogonal geometry allows to differentiate stages throughout the pilgrimage. The first approximation takes place in contact with nature, accompanying the river and vanishing the visual towards the valley.

© Ronald Harrison
© Ronald Harrison

Further ahead, the water appears as a purifying element, whilst allowing the confrontation with one’s self.

The patio provides the necessary pause for reflection. An enclosure is created which completes the surroundings: the height of the visual determines a new horizon, gathering nature (exterior) and architecture (interior) on a same plane.

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© Ronald Harrison

The verticality of the interior attempts to approach the divine, underlined by a skylight which is hidden behind a suspended plane. No typological or symbolic references which manifest a religious character are deliberately used. The materials are austere and elemental in order to dissolve in the experience.

The project is solved as an abstract object, although the multiple lecture underlies in all of its components. When discovering the interior, a cross is configured on perspective between the vertical of the open door and the horizontal of the exterior bench. The altar has a dual function: on the inside for individual meditation and on the outside for mass ceremonies.

© Ronald Harrison
© Ronald Harrison

Searching for a correct human proportion, a module (modulor) is used as a starting point. Such is the case of the internal space with its three differentiated heights. The first (1.83m) relates to men. The second (2.26m) to its aspiration and spirituality. And the third (2.26m) to the divine and unattainable. The presence of the constellation solves the natural ventilation of the tower, becoming manifest from the inside out during the day and from the outside in during the night.

Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite: "De la Piedra Chapel / Nomena Arquitectos + Ximena Alvarez" 10 Oct 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/80836/de-la-piedra-chapel-nomena-arquitectos-ximena-alvarez/>
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flo · September 06, 2012

does anyone know where i can search for the other sections?

. · October 13, 2011

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Ron Geyer · October 13, 2010

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Gosia Kung, AIA · October 12, 2010

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Andressa Rangel · October 11, 2010

capela com muitas relações corbusianas. http://migre.me/1xDFs

assuka shinohara m · October 11, 2010

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bLogHouse · October 11, 2010

1.The linear circulation pattern involves progression through spaces with gradual degree of enclosure.
2.The fully enclosed space opens up to a semi-enclosed space, which opens up to a non-enclosed space/Nature - all this is typical Ando. It's not like Zumthor at all!

HDXTST · October 13, 2010 02:48 AM

the proportion of the project is well-executed. it translates perfectly from the profane to the sacred with the progression of human scale.

indeed, it reflects ando's aesthetic, simple and yet powerful for spiritual reflection.

i share your insight!

aa4 · October 11, 2010

Nice elements of journey, introspection, pilgrimage but I don't see the Cross alluded to in the description, in theory the point of the whole pilgrimage, no? Or is it a non denominational chapel?

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http://is.gd/fWArC Nomena Arquitectos???????????????????????????????HP??????????

Jenny · October 11, 2010

This is art expressed spatially. So beautiful!

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henrythedog · October 11, 2010

Heikki and Kaija Siren's Chapel at Otaniemi, Finland...

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æon · October 11, 2010

It remember me the Peter Zumthor's "Bruder Klaus Chapel"

http://www.danda.be/gallery/br...

:D

Jason Strong · October 11, 2010

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