Portuguese architects have created an inverted pyramid chapel of Eternal Light in a small village in the Azores
July 21, 2022
The chapel was built in the cemetery of San Miguel Island by order of the local council as “an important urban and social gesture.” According to architects from Bernardo Rodrigues Architects, the unusual shape and location of the building should resemble a flower leaning towards the sun or leaning towards the village and the ocean. “/>Outside, the walls of the chapel are lined with green Guatemalan marble.
“The main feature of this settlement is a long road that runs parallel to the ocean and fields. The new part of the village is much higher up the course. The local council decided that the population needed a decent chapel on the way to the cemetery, which would visually and symbolically connect the village and this new area.
The interior of the chapel is designed so that the silver gray walls are naturally lit through a skylight and a small window near the altar. Depending on the time of day and season, the warmth and intensity of light change, changing the interior of the chapel. /wp-content/uploads/2022/07/3c015837dc8e463e5a1ba8789b2f49d5.jpg” width=”728″ height=”484″ class=”lazy-image__image _align-center” data-v-64ca9b5a=”1″ alt=”Pyramid Chapel by Bernardo Rodrigues Architects” />
The idea of the unusual shape of the chapel came to Bernardo Rodriguez after visiting the memorial complex Tomba Brion in Italy, designed by the architect Carlo Scarpa (Carlo Scarpa). There is an altar there, illuminated by an inverted wooden pyramid. Bernardo Rodrigues Architects also decided to use a similar shape. 07/9f1e82662d249ef40c3fab3b33242b9c.jpg” width=”728″ height=”478″ class=”lazy-image__image _align-center” data-v-64ca9b5a=”1″ alt=”Pyramid Chapel by Bernardo Rodrigues Architects” />
Most of the chapel is occupied by the assembly hall (next to the altar), and on the lower level there is a room for the priest and a bathroom. The silvery walls are complemented by solid wood floors and solid furniture – chairs and a bench made of afzelia wood, created by the studio especially for this project. png” />Afselia wood chairs made to order by Ruta Classe according to architects' sketches.