This is a small meditation chapel. The project is a small construction for a little chapel located on a great garden. It’s a chapel to be alone and contain one self within the open space of the garden. It’s also a structure that relates to a human scale in size and to a spiritual one in use. On this very simple basis the structure becomes a constructive exercise under a repetitive tension system that comprises 1200 pieces of hollow red brick separated between them but united by a set of “guides" in the form of steel rods that form rings that vary in size according to the height of the chapel. The pieces are attached to the metallic structure with mortar but there’s no binding between them so they practically appear to float. The tensed structure is flexible but stable at the same time. In the same way that meditation requires a certain degree of introspection and solitude of the individual each piece of brick is alone in the structure immersed between tension and gravity.
This is a reaction to the power of one within thought and that of a material piece within a structural system of forces.
Project: 1200 Bricks Little Chapel Architects: S-AR Website: www.s-ar.mx Location: Santiago, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. Architects in charge: Cesar Guerrero, Ana Cecilia Garza. Typology: Chapel. Client: Villarreal Guajardo Family. Construction Area: 4.25 m2. Project Year: 2015 Construction Year: 2015-2016 Completion Date: 2016 Photography: Ana Cecilia Garza Villarreal. Architectural and Construction Drawings: S-AR + Marisol González + Carmen García. 3D Drawings: S-AR + Marisol González + Carmen García. Model: S-AR + Hugo Bernal + Carmen García. Technical Supervision: S-AR Construction: Gonzalo Taméz, Benancio Oviedo, José Guadalupe Flores, Damian Flores. Materials: 1200 Bricks, Concrete and Steel.