- This project was designed during my exchange in fall 2012/2013
- Lightning is the most important concept of my project. During the day, the sun's rays are wandering around the arched wall, creating soft shadows, to disappear at twilight.Daylight enters through a curved line of windows hidden behind a white surface of a floating ceiling. During the day, light comes from above to the worship space, melts gently with the darkness of the lowest part of space.At night, lightning is reversed, it is misterious darkness of the night, that comes from above, opposed to the artificial lightning from below, that pushes the darkness beyond and outside the space of the chapel.The atmosphere is changing inside of the temple along with the time of day.
- The visual axis towards the east „opens” at the end, directing people to the courtyard, lowering and narrowing along its course. They would find themselves in amphitheatrical space, where the hearing becomes more acute and eyes are focused towards the hidden entrance to the church. One can move through the space informally, not having to enter the sacred space. It can be used as a gathering point, place for the secular events as well as the outdoor Masses or other religious rituals. All people and points of view can meet.
- The outer shape of the building is modest, mostly straight angles and flat walls, that is to fit the majority of existing buildings on campus. Inside, the geometry is much freer, a particularly important feature is the curved wall that allowes the orientation of the axis of the chapel not to be in accordance with the main axis, even if it seems that they overlap from outside. Being undergroung, the height of one storey, is not an issue, because of the distribution of the light, that enters from above.
In order to create the experience of transition you would have to options: one is by shorter, through interior staircase, that leads you almost straight to the parking lot, second one is longer, through the courtyard. Depending on the weather your feelings about the space would change.
- We concentrated on municipal and ADA code, which provided knowledge on technical solutions within and entering to the structure. Acoustic design was a large focus of the studio. We learned how to shape and situate sound reflecting panels, how to calculate sound paths and what types of materials are best to use in the designed scenario. Structure, lighting systems and HVAC were also a part of the design.