Autonomous chapel designed by Alvaro Siza

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Architect Alvaro Siza Viera completes design for a chapel that can be fully self-sustaining

Capela do Monte Chapel: designed by Alvaro Siza (photo 0)

Pritzker Prize-winning architect Alvaro Siza designed a chapel in southern Portugal. The building is part of the Monte da Charneca complex, which is scheduled to open by 2021 in the Algarve region. The aim of the project is to remind the locals about the agricultural heritage of the area and to tell tourists about it.Capela do Monte Chapel: Design by Alvaro Siza (photo 2.1)Capela do Monte Chapel: designed by Alvaro Sisa ( photo 2.2)

The Monte da Charneca center was created by a local couple who have been living in the region for 30 years. It all started with the restoration of seven old houses that are now powered by solar energy, and the surrounding gardens grow olives, citrus trees and almonds. Alvaro Siza is overseeing the entire project – he also designed several residences.

The Chapel of Capela do Monte: project by Alvaro Siza (photo 4)

The chapel functions on full self-sufficiency. The temperature inside is maintained thanks to specially selected materials. The walls are made of perforated bricks that are covered inside and out with limestone plaster.

Capela do Monte Chapel: designed by Alvaro Siza (photo 6)

The chapel has a simple U-shaped façade topped by a rectangular window. It helps to illuminate the room and the open yard without electricity. In front of the façade is a terrace overlooking the hills.

Capela do Monte Chapel: Design by Alvaro Siza (photo 8.1)Capela do Monte Chapel: designed by Alvaro Sisa ( photo 8.2)

A series of wooden furniture was also designed by Siza. The line includes an altar, bench and chairs. They represent an abstract understanding of the traditional cross. 77f14109522547327ed6ea3cc4a8a19a.jpg” width=”332″ height=”338″ class=”lazy-image__image _align-center” data-v-64ca9b5a=”1″ alt=”Capela do Monte Chapel: Designed by Alvaro Siza (photo 10.1)”/>Capela do Monte Chapel: designed by Alvaro Siza (Photo 10.2)

Inside the chapel there are three wall frescoes created by Portuguese brand Viúva Lamego. Sketches by Alvaro Sisa depict scenes from the life of Jesus Christ.

Capela do Monte Chapel: Design by Alvaro Siza (photo 12.1)Capela do Monte Chapel: designed by Alvaro Sisa ( photo 12.2)

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