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Vilalta Arquitectura Designs Granite Excavated Chapel in Raleigh

14:00 - 26 September, 2015
Vilalta Arquitectura Designs Granite Excavated Chapel in Raleigh, © Vilalta Arquitectura
© Vilalta Arquitectura

Barcelona-based Vilalta Arquitectura has unveiled the designs for the Ebenezer Chapel, a granite excavated chapel in Raleigh, North Carolina. Upon completion, the chapel will be excavated 15 meters below ground in a sloped forest terrain next to Richland Creek, and will be built completely from the natural granite on the site.

From the lowest point of the site at the creek, a continuous ramp will slope down around the chapel, and into the foyer, as the main entrance to the space, all of which provides natural light and ventilation in addition to chapel access.

TED Talk: Architecture at Home in its Community / Xavier Vilalta

00:00 - 1 December, 2013

In this TED Talk, Xavier Vilalta of Xavier Vilalta Arquitectura walks through the design of two projects: a multistory shopping mall in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and a multi-family apartment complex in Tunisia. Each is a prime example of how harnessing nature and referencing local traditions can allow architecture to naturally grow from its surroundings and become an integral component of the city.