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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.

Bosjes Chapel in Western Cape, South Africa by Steyn Studio

 
May 30th, 2017 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Steyn Studio 

The new chapel, set within a vineyard in South Africa, is designed by South-African born Coetzee Steyn of London based Steyn Studio. Its serene sculptural form emulates the silhouette of surrounding mountain ranges, paying tribute to the historic Cape Dutch gables dotting the rural landscapes of the Western Cape. Constructed from a slim concrete cast shell, the roof supports itself as each undulation dramatically falls to meet the ground. Where each wave of the roof structure rises to a peak, expanses of glazing adjoined centrally by a crucifix adorn the façade.

Image Courtesy © Adam Letch

  • Architects: Steyn Studio
  • Project: Bosjes Chapel
  • Location: Bosjes Farm, Witzenberg District, Western Cape, South Africa
  • Photography: Adam Letch
  • Software used: Rhino, Revit, Autodesk Inventor
  • Project architect: TV3 Architects (South Africa)
  • Furniture Design: Liam Mooney Studio
  • Contractor: Longworth & Faul
  • Structural engineer: Henry Fagan & Partners
  • Mechanical & Electrical engineer: Solution Station
  • Quantity surveyor: De Leeuw
  • Planning consultant: Ron Brunings

Image Courtesy © Adam Letch

  • Landscape architect: CNdV Landscape Architects
  • Heritage Consultants: Graham Jacobs, Elzet Albertyn & Lize Malan
  • Gross floor area: 430 sqm
  • Start on site: 2013
  • Completion: December 2016

Image Courtesy © Adam Letch

Image Courtesy © Adam Letch

Drawing poetic inspiration from Psalm 36:7, the crisp white form is conceived as a lightweight, and dynamic structure which appears to float within the valley. A reflective pond emphasises the apparent weightlessness of the structure. Elevated upon a plinth, the chapel rises from the flat land its sits upon, providing a hierarchical focal point within its surroundings. New planting including a vineyard and pomegranate orchard create a lush green oasis on the otherwise exposed site.

Image Courtesy © Adam Letch

Image Courtesy © Adam Letch

Inside, a large and open assembly space is created within a simple rectangular plan. Highly polished terazzo floors reflect light internally. The undulating whitewashed ceiling casts an array of shadows which dance within the volume as light levels change throughout the day. This modest palette of materials creates a neutral background to the impressive framed views of the vineyard and mountains beyond.

Image Courtesy © Adam Letch

Image Courtesy © Adam Letch

In order to keep the structural form of the roof and assembly space pure, other elements of the buildings functional programme are either hidden within the plinth, or discretely within the outer corners of the surrounding garden. 

Image Courtesy © Adam Letch

Image Courtesy © Adam Letch

Inspired by the simplicity of the Moravian Mission Stations established on Cape Dutch farms in the 19th Century, the chapel lacks a spire – relinquishing a sense of significance in relation to its impressive natural surroundings.

Image Courtesy © Adam Letch

Image Courtesy © Adam Letch

An open embrace which invites in, the chapel is also a space that extends outwards into the valley and mountains beyond, raising the awareness of God’s creation in the immediate environment.

Image Courtesy © Steyn Studio

Image Courtesy © Steyn Studio

Image Courtesy © Steyn Studio

Image Courtesy © Steyn Studio

Image Courtesy © Steyn Studio

Image Courtesy © Steyn Studio

Image Courtesy © Steyn Studio

Image Courtesy © Steyn Studio

Image Courtesy © Steyn Studio

Image Courtesy © Steyn Studio

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