atelier poem unveils the ‘chapel of tears’ settling near a stream, alongside the character path that results in the cascade de fontany, in france. the wooden mission has been constructed by the designers themselves, together with the assistance of some volunteers, and has been chosen because the winner of worldwide competitors ‘competition des cabanes’ for a self-built development within the french alps.
all pictures courtesy of atelier poem
atelier poem constructed the chapel with the goal of maximizing the usage of financial assets, complying with sizing constraints imposed by the competition announcement, and utilizing just one materials: wooden. adopting this simplicity and the first context as a place to begin, the mission web site provides form to the structure, whereas forming an in depth bond between constructed and natural nature.
the constructing, designed as a meditation chapel, finds its personal dimension on this dialogue with nature, like a brand new viewpoint opening in the direction of the waterfall. upon approaching the chapel, guests undergo a sensory expertise, looking for their very own technique to familiarize themselves with the chapel, interacting with the house and the distinction of lights and shadows.
the chapel seems like a excessive and slender parallelepiped, reduce lengthwise on the center part, as if the water of the stream had eroded the matter throughout its course. this 20 cm thick reduce runs by the complete protecting and joins the 2 openings, positioned on the quick sides. these final are aligned, respectively serving because the entrance door and a window that frames the view of the waterfall. the lengthy sides, that are parallel to the creek, are blind and punctuated by a scan of wooden parts of various thickness. the inside is left open, uncovered to climate modifications and a few mild results amplified by a sequence of panels positioned on the roof.
the chapel has been made fully of spruce wooden – the planks and the strips are naturally cured and have been equipped by a neighborhood sawmill, utilizing business thicknesses and sizes. the outer shell consists of burnt wood boards, and contrasts chromatically with the inside house the place the fabric is left pure. the particular wooden burning method that’s used on this mission, and is practiced within the space, permits to protect it over time from atmospheric and pure brokers. on this method, it stays steady, sturdy, and hydrophobic in a completely pure and ecological method, with out altering its personal inner construction.
identify: chapel of tears
structure workplace: atelier poem
location: cascade de fontany, saint-ferréol, france
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edited by: myrto katsikopoulou | designboom