Contemporary Worship: Ecumenical Chapel
Sara Pepitone -- Interior Design, 1/1/2013 2:01:00 PM
| Project Name: Ecumenical Chapel |
Location: Cuernavaca, Mexico
Firm Name: Bunker Arquitectura
Square Feet: 1,830
When designing a chapel you have more liberty than when you design a church, says Suarez, citing two primary reasons. First, chapels are normally smaller buildings that need only accomodate a few people. Second, the ceremonies are simpler. "Normally you only require an altar and a space for seating," he says. "Churches have a much more complex program and have to satisfy a lot of necessities."
For the Cuernavaca commission, "We were given a lot of freedom in terms of design; we could say almost carte blanche," says Suarez. "This has benefitted religion in the sense that people want to use the space because it visually attracts and stimulates them.They search and visit these particular spaces because of their design, not only out of [spiritual] necessity."
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