The chapel's location inside the park of the cross of Saint Anne informs the main challenge demanded by this project: to create a religious space within a recreation and tourism area. The site chosen for the chapel was a gap in the forest with a difference in height between the access road and the chapel of 15 meters. The height difference was resolved through pedestrian ramps to get to the entrance plaza, which besides being an atrium is itself a space for contemplation of the landscape.
The chapel is a prism double envelope; the outside is white and the inside is covered in wood. The outer volumes is defined by the directionality to the cross and the lateral connection to the atrium plaza.The position of the balcony-atrium high above the main road seeks to isolate the space from the tourist circuit and allows the realization of ceremonies with a greater number of faithful, compared to the interior capacity.
The entrance is oriented perpendicular to the axis of the chapel, allowing the casual visitor the ability to cross the nave without interfering with the proper scope of prayer. The service areas and sacristy are located on the lower level.
The geometry originates from the double tension between the views of the cross and the connection with the court-side terrace. When the chapel is seen by far the contrast between materials: basalt stone walls, white surround and wooden interior, emphasize its composition.
Achitect Daniel Cella