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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.

Capilla Porciúncula de la Milagrosa in La Calera, Colombia by Daniel Bonilla Arquitectos

 
May 21st, 2013 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Daniel Bonilla Arquitectos

Daniel Bonilla Arquitectos‘s latest project is an open chapel in La Calera, Colombia that is gently nestled into the surroundings.   The simplicity of the geometry adds a touch of elegance to the pious space, as the natural features of the environment, wind and light, create “an essential harmony.”

Image Courtesy © Alberto Fonseca 

  • Architects: Daniel Bonilla Arquitectos
  • Project: Capilla Porciúncula de la Milagrosa
  • Location: La Calera, Colombia
  • Photography: Alberto Fonseca, Andrés Tellez
  • Owner: Family Gómez Durán
  • Structural Design: Joaquin Fidalgo
  • Soils Advisory: Aquiles Arrieta
  • Builder: Arq. Jaime Pizarro
  • Construction: 2003-2004

Image Courtesy © Alberto Fonseca

The design appeases both small private groups and large public functions as large doors can transform the chapel from a still volume to a “mobile space”.    This relationship represents “the passage between two worlds, between the known and the unknown, the light and the darkness.

Image Courtesy © Andrés Tellez

“As the door opens, a mystery is revealed, and has a dynamic and psychological value, not only showing us a landscape, but inviting us to pass trough it.  When the chapel changes size, the space for the altar turns into the space for the choir, the main nave transforms into the lateral nave and the tabernacle becomes part of the landscape.”

Image Courtesy © Andrés Tellez

Material wise, the rigid structures are stones, while the mobile body is made of steel, glass and wood in an interwoven design. The reflecting pond, on one of the chapel’s sides, dilutes the massive structure into the landscape, and it also accents and distorts the volume to make its density to fade away.

Image Courtesy © Alberto Fonseca

Image courtesy Daniel Bonilla Arquitectos

Image courtesy Daniel Bonilla Arquitectos

Image courtesy Daniel Bonilla Arquitectos

Image courtesy Daniel Bonilla Arquitectos

Image courtesy Daniel Bonilla Arquitectos

Image courtesy Daniel Bonilla Arquitectos

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