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Temporary chapel for the Deaconesses of St-Loup - Localarchitecture / Localarchitecture + Danilo Mondada

  • 01:00 - 21 November, 2008
Temporary chapel for the Deaconesses of St-Loup - Localarchitecture / Localarchitecture + Danilo Mondada
Temporary chapel for the Deaconesses of St-Loup - Localarchitecture / Localarchitecture + Danilo Mondada, © Milo Keller
© Milo Keller

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From the architect. In the summer of 2007, Localarchitecture and architect Danilo Mondada were awarded the contract to renovate the mother house of the Deaconess Community of St-Loup. The commission involves the complete renovation of a historic building, including the community's main chapel.

© Milo Keller
© Milo Keller

It was immediately apparent the mother house would have to be closed for the duration of the building works, in other words for 18 months starting from the summer of 2008. Instead of settling for a standard solution, like renting a tent or containers, the architects suggested building a temporary chapel to accommodate religious worship during the construction period.

© Milo Keller
© Milo Keller

Localarchitecture, which has a special interest in timber construction and new structural solutions, has made its name with several works exploring traditional and contemporary wood construction techniques. In this instance, the architects suggested working in partnership with Hani Buri and Yves Weinand from the IBOIS laboratory at the EPFL (École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne), whose ongoing research into folded structures seemed particularly interesting and appropriate for this project. The team developed a structure using timber panels, which makes it possible to cover large areas with fine sections. The shape was generated using computer software that calculates the load-bearing structure, determines the dimensions and transmits this information to the machine that cuts out the 6-cm thick timber panels.

© Milo Keller
© Milo Keller

Built directly on the ground, the new chapel blends subtly and delicately with the landscape. The structure, which lies along the axis of the east-west valley and is open at each end, lets in plenty of natural light. Interpreting the traditional layout of protestant churches with their variations in width and height between transept and nave, the design creates a space whose horizontal and vertical dimensions vary via a series of origami-like folds, which give rhythm to the interior and exterior of the building. The folded volume generates a wide horizontal space at the entrance, before closing in and rising up to become vertical towards the centre of the chapel. Each fold in the facade reflects the light differently and thus emphasizes the progression and elongation of the volume. The structure punctuates the interior space, while creating an atmosphere conducive to reflection.

© Milo Keller
© Milo Keller

Transparent plastic panels in the gable side facades, covered with fabric, allow natural light to enter the chapel. The frame of columns and diagonals resembles the structure of a stained-glass window.

© Milo Keller
© Milo Keller

The wooden chapel in St-Loup is the first full-scale structure that incorporates design and structural analysis based on computer method of generating novel geometrical forms, but it is also a bright example of the spatial reinterpretation of a traditional religious space in harmony with its environment.

© Milo Keller
© Milo Keller
Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite: "Temporary chapel for the Deaconesses of St-Loup - Localarchitecture / Localarchitecture + Danilo Mondada" 21 Nov 2008. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/9201/temporary-chapel-for-the-deaconesses-of-st-loup-localarchitecture/>
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Jay August Lee · September 08, 2010

http://www.archdaily.com/9201/... ??????, ???? ??. St. Loup? ?? ??

Lana Soares · August 31, 2010

http://www.archdaily.com/9201/... ahhh, esses arquitetos! oO

Iain MacMillan · April 15, 2010

@alastair_hunter - http://tinyurl.com/5b9xjf - a temporary chapel in Switz - It&#39s interior structure generates &#39acoustic refractors&#39.

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sandra barron · January 22, 2010

RT @BAKOKO: Nicest project I&#39ve seen for a while: http://bit.ly/8KxrBV - solid timber || That is beautiful.

Kazuaki Tsuchiya · January 22, 2010

Temporary chapel, looks cute: RT @BAKOKO Nicest project I&#39ve seen for a while: http://bit.ly/8KxrBV - solid timber

BAKOKO · January 22, 2010

Nicest project I&#39ve seen for a while: http://bit.ly/8KxrBV - solid timber

Oldesque urbanbike ! · June 26, 2009

http://bit.ly/O5EZO Chapelle temporaire en bois, un exemple très chouette d'un bâtiment simple pensé par des étudiants de l'EPFL, bravo…!

dude · September 27, 2011 07:27 PM

Faux, même si la chapelle est très belle, ce bâtiment a été pensé et développé par le bureau d'architectes LOCALARCHITECTURE en collaboration avec le laboratoire IBOIS de l'EPFL...

yare ye · June 22, 2009

Chapel for the Deaconesses of St-Loup: http://bit.ly/e7Lk8

Jue Yang · June 08, 2009

Monumental. literally -Temporary chapel for the Deaconesses of St-Loup. http://shar.es/WpC8

areege · May 23, 2009

wow the approach to the concept of this building is fantastic. i love this.

Yüksek lisans · March 31, 2009

Beautiful! They should keep it as a permanent thing.

Richie · November 27, 2008

Beautiful! They should keep it as a permanent thing.

Taner ?a?maz · November 23, 2008

This…is good.
Very Nice project
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Temporary chapel for the Deaconesses of St-Loup - Localarchitecture building very good.
Thanks

musser · November 22, 2008

absolutely wonderful.

gerson · November 22, 2008

no words!
the closest thing to the "MISHKAN" the temple used in the desert during the "EXODUS"
Possible the santification of the temporary, a real holy structure

scarpasez · November 22, 2008

This...is good. Such elegance!

oded · November 21, 2008

very nice project!!!

Contemporary Art · November 21, 2008

What a lovely building. Too bad it's temporary! There's always something especially nice about challenging architecture applied to religious structures. It takes a smart, liberal batch of Deaconesses to embrace such a building. I'm also interested in the architect's position: is he making decisions in order to foment religious passion? How does his process take into account the religious functions of the structure?

So much to think about!

http://www.contemporaryartdail...

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