the world's most visited architecture website
i

Sign up now and start saving and organizing your favorite architecture projects and photos

Sign up now to save and organize your favorite architecture projects

i

Find the most inspiring products for your projects in our Product Catalog.

Find the most inspiring products in our Product Catalog.

i

Get the ArchDaily Chrome Extension and be inspired with every new tab. Install here »

i

All over the world, architects are finding cool ways to re-use run-down old buildings. Click here to see the best in Refurbishment Architecture.

Want to see the coolest refurbishment projects? Click here.

i

Immerse yourself in inspiring buildings with our selection of 360 videos. Click here.

See our immersive, inspiring 360 videos. Click here.

All
Projects
Products
Events
Competitions
Navigate articles using your keyboard
  1. ArchDaily
  2. Projects
  3. Religious Architecture
  4. Mexico
  5. Divece Arquitectos
  6. 2015
  7. Filamentario Chapel / Divece Arquitectos

Filamentario Chapel / Divece Arquitectos

  • 13:00 - 6 September, 2015
  • Translated by Lorena Quintana
Filamentario Chapel / Divece Arquitectos
Filamentario Chapel / Divece Arquitectos, © Jorge Silva
© Jorge Silva

© Jorge Silva © Jorge Silva © Jorge Silva © Jorge Silva + 21

  • Arquitectos

  • Ubicación

    Tlajomulco de Zúñiga, Jalisco, Mexico
  • Equipo de Proyecto

    Paolino Di Vece Roux y Francisco Morales Dufour
  • Año Proyecto

    2015
  • Fotografías

© Jorge Silva
© Jorge Silva

Text description provided by the architects. The architectural concept of Filamentario Chapel is to create a processional scheme, a perimeter route that favors the preparatory gathering for religious worship; the traditional, axial and finite scheme, which ends at the altar, is reversed to create a procession that considers the altar as the center of the composition.

© Jorge Silva
© Jorge Silva

The location of the chapel idealizes the duality of absence and presence; it is a building that is constructed but is also buried. It is like an archaeological find that forces us to make a downward journey, rewarded with the surprise of accessing from the back to keep the atrial cross as the axis of the project.

© Jorge Silva
© Jorge Silva

The altar, which is historically positioned at the end of the procession, is relocated to the geometric center of the project, at the foot of the atrial cross, to reinforce the mystical character of the volumetric complementarity and thus turn the cross into the summit and the origin of all dualities. The descending and perimeter routes around the cross are preparatory processions with their second contemplative station in the inner atrium, the entrance courtyard is splashed with the fountain of faith and in turn accompanies the baptismal pile as a preamble to the path inside.

Ground Floor Plan
Ground Floor Plan

Beyond the threshold of the chapel and with the cross at the front for a second time, the duality of the corporeal and ethereal is reinforced; The massiveness of the north wall contrasts with the lightness of the fragmented south wall; These fragile and spiky metal elements, almost ephemeral, not only contrast with the concrete walls due to their massiveness and lightness ratio but also due to the verticality of the opposed filaments, with the same geometry and proportion, as the texture of the concrete walls in the opposite direction.

© Jorge Silva
© Jorge Silva

Moreover, these fragile filaments, which flood the interior with light, weave a close relationship between the outer edges and the covered space. The light enhances its presence and reveals the volume of absence, a manifestation that the corporeal and ethereal are one and the same.

© Jorge Silva
© Jorge Silva

At the height of the path, hidden inside the north wall, is the chapel of light; a brief space, a chapel inside the chapel, which marks the climax of the procession. The overwhelming darkness takes its full meaning when the few rays burst into the space to become highly contrasting elements and give supreme value to the mystical essence of interior light.

© Jorge Silva
© Jorge Silva

This is a place of faith where the light is embodied in forms that contain, transform, assimilate, and emanate a composition of dualities in search of the perfect balance; The corporeal and the ethereal accompany each other to achieve a speech where the material and the spiritual are harmonized to form a single space of art and seclusion.

© Jorge Silva
© Jorge Silva

View the complete gallery

Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address.
About this office
Divece Arquitectos
Office
Cite: "Filamentario Chapel / Divece Arquitectos" [Capilla Filamentario / Divece Arquitectos] 06 Sep 2015. ArchDaily. (Trans. Quintana, Lorena) Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/773072/filamentario-chapel-divece-arquitectos/> ISSN 0719-8884

You've started following your first account!

Did you know?

You'll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.