GN Chapel follows an important tradition on Brazilian architecture that is the construction of religious buildings on private residences. During the colonial period (especially sec XVIII and XIX), over the influence of Portuguese architecture, most of the farms had its own private chapel. The farms and surrounding cities were part of an important economic system based on the culture of coffee, one of the pillars of the Brazilian economy by that period. The existence of such peculiar architectural buildings was such a landmark that they boosted an artistic style that was once very remarkable and important for Brazil. To this artistic style was given the name of Barroque its most well known being the one developed in Minas Gerais. However, in the present days, the commission of that kind of building in Brazilian contemporary architecture is not common anymore, even though all over the world many of the most important international architects have a religious building on their portfolios, those include Tadao Ando, Shigeru Ban, Renzo Piano, Alvaro Siza, and others. GN Chapel is located in the mountains near Rio de Janeiro, for coincidence the same region as the historical colonial farms, where this type of project was so common. The client and his wife, married for a few years and with grown kids, envisioned a space dedicated to their saint of devotion, where they would be able to, in the future, renew their vows and see their children getting married, as well as baptizing their grandchildren and on it goes.
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