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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Farewell Chapel in Krasnja, Slovenia by OFIS Arhitekti

June 9th, 2011 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: OFIS Arhitekti

The farewell chapel is located in a village close to Ljubljana. The site is positioned next to an existing graveyard. The chapel cuts into the rising landscape and the building shape follows the natural contours of the land around the graveyard. The program comes together with the three embracing curved walls which divide the space. The external curve divides the chapel plateau from the surrounding hill and also reinstates the main supporting wall. Service spaces, such as storage, wardrobe,  restrooms and kitchenette are all placed along the back wall.

Farewell Chapel (Image Courtesy Tomaz Gregoric)

  • Architects: OFIS Arhitekti
  • Project: Farewell Chapel
  • Location: Krasnja, Slovenia
  • Type: sacral
  • Client: Community of Krasnja
  • Site Area: 350m2

Farewell Chapel (Image Courtesy Tomaz Gregoric)

  • Bldg. Area: 210m2
  • Gross Floor Area: 105m2
  • Coverage Ratio: 60%
  • Gross Floor Ratio: 50%
  • Structure: reinforced concrete
  • Max. Height: 4.70 m
  • Landscape Area: 140m2

Exterior View (Image Courtesy Tomaz Gregoric)

  • Inner space: 70m2
  • External plateau: 65 m2
  • Budget: 180.000 EUR
  • Exterior Finish: polished concrete, larch wood, glass.
  • Completion period: June 2009
  • Project leaders: Rok Oman, Spela Videcnik
  • Photography: Tomaz Gregoric
  • Project team: Andrej Gregoric, Janez Martincic, Magdalena Lacka, Katja Aljaz, Martina Lipicer

Exterior View (Image Courtesy Tomaz Gregoric)

The internal curve encompasses the main farewell space.  It is partly glazed and opens towards the outside plateau for summer gatherings. The roof follows its own curvature, forming an external porch. The cross, a catholic symbol is featured as a laying feature positioned on the rooftop above the main farewell space, where it acts as a source of natural light during the day and artifical light during the evening. Materials used are polished concrete, larch wood, glass.

Exterior View (Image Courtesy Tomaz Gregoric)

Facade (Image Courtesy Tomaz Gregoric)

Roof (Image Courtesy Tomaz Gregoric)

Roof View (Image Courtesy Tomaz Gregoric)

Front View (Image Courtesy Tomaz Gregoric)

Farewell Chapel (Image Courtesy Tomaz Gregoric)

Interior View (Image Courtesy Tomaz Gregoric)

Interior View (Image Courtesy Tomaz Gregoric)

Farewell Chapel (Image Courtesy Tomaz Gregoric)

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