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Folded concrete structure forms chapel in Spain designed by Sancho Madridejos

Spain Architecture News - Mar 18, 2022 - 13:30   2219 views

Folded concrete structure forms chapel in Spain designed by Sancho Madridejos

Folded concrete and angular walls form this chapel in hilly site of Spain, the chapel emerges with its sculptural structure in the site without making a sharp façade description.

Named Chapel in Sierra La Villa, the chapel, designed by Madrid-based architecture practice Sancho Madridejos, is located on a hilly site in Cuenca, in a rural estate with centenary holm oaks and truffle cultivation. 

In addition to the chapel, the studio jointly designed a chapel and a house for the owning family.

Folded concrete structure forms chapel in Spain designed by Sancho Madridejos

Image © Hisao Suzuki

The studio uses a single curved fold to design the chapel, conceptually and in its approach related to the Chapel in Valleacerón. 

These folds are made of by using reinforced concrete so that the walls may work in a single appearance. The architects follows the same principle for structure, shape, and space so that every component can act holistically. 

Thanks to the angular walls, the walls allow penetration for light that defines the use and character of the chapel. 

Folded concrete structure forms chapel in Spain designed by Sancho Madridejos

Image © Hisao Suzuki

To give this specific form, the studio created a curved fold which is "a response to complex external stresses of a topological action." 

According to the studio, it was not created by using an origami technique, its formal appearance is a reinterpretation of topological expression - also reflecting a structural equilibrium - that responds to these outer strains. 

Folded concrete structure forms chapel in Spain designed by Sancho Madridejos

Image © Hisao Suzuki

"It is conceived with an ample entrance, that welcomes, that leads towards a compressed end," said Sancho Madridejos. 

"A big hanging cross in concrete pierces the fold and creates light openings facing certain directions, casting different lights throughout the day, modifying the space inside bit by bit, continuously."

The spatial experience is provided in the opposite direction to the one conveyed in the Chapel in Valleacerón.

Folded concrete structure forms chapel in Spain designed by Sancho Madridejos

Image © Hisao Suzuki

The architects stated that "We chose the specific location of the chapel so that it becomes a reference point both from the access of the estate and from the road towards it, that spins and circles around it when approaching."

When visitors look at the chapel from all sides, it gives no clue as to where the entrance is due to its introverted structure. The magnificent entrance of the chapel is defined by the extension of the curved section in front.

Folded concrete structure forms chapel in Spain designed by Sancho Madridejos

Image © Hisao Suzuki

Folded concrete structure forms chapel in Spain designed by Sancho Madridejos

Image © Hisao Suzuki

Folded concrete structure forms chapel in Spain designed by Sancho Madridejos

Image © Hisao Suzuki

Folded concrete structure forms chapel in Spain designed by Sancho Madridejos

Image © Hisao Suzuki

Folded concrete structure forms chapel in Spain designed by Sancho Madridejos

Situation plan

Folded concrete structure forms chapel in Spain designed by Sancho Madridejos

Axonometric drawing

Folded concrete structure forms chapel in Spain designed by Sancho Madridejos

Plans 

Folded concrete structure forms chapel in Spain designed by Sancho Madridejos

Folds - diagrams

Folded concrete structure forms chapel in Spain designed by Sancho Madridejos

Folds - diagrams

The house is located at the end of the path of access towards the chapel, in the summit of a small hill, facing towards a valley with cherry trees and crop fields, with an ample view of the surrounding area.

Project facts

Project name: Chapel in Sierra La Villa

Architects: Sancho Madridejos

Location: Cuenca, Spain 

Date: 2021

Top image © J.C. Sancho

All images © Hisao Suzuki and J.C. Sancho.

All drawings © Sancho Madridejos

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