Acapulco's hills are made up of huge granite rocks piled on top of each other. In a purely mimetic endeavor, we worked hard to make the Sunset chapel look like "just another" colossal boulder atop the mountain./BNKR Arquitectura
The client's wish was pretty simple: First, the chapel had to take full advantage of the spectacular views. Second, the sun had to set exactly behind the altar cross (of course, this is only possible twice a year at the equinoxes). And last but not least, a section with the first phase of crypts had to be included outside and around the Sunset chapel. Metaphorically speaking, the mausoleum would be in perfect utopian synchrony with a celestial cycle of continuous renovation.
Our first religious commission was a wedding chapel (2009) conceived to celebrate the first day of a couple's new life. This second religious commission had a diametrically opposite purpose: to mourn the passing of loved ones. This premise was the main driving force behind the design, the two had to be complete opposites, they were natural antagonists. While the former praised life, the latter grieved death. Through this game of contrasts all the decisions were made: Glass vs. Concrete, Transparency vs. Solidity, Ethereal vs. Heavy, Classical Proportions vs. Apparent Chaos, Vulnerable vs. Indestructible, Ephemeral vs. Lasting…/BNKR Arquitectura
BNKR Arquitectura designed this little Wedding Chapel (2009) in a colonial garden in Cuernavaca, Mexico. They decided to build a crystal chapel using U-profiled glass in the manner of lattice-work, creating a well ventilated space as well as achieving a visual play between the interior and exterior.
The four facades are covered with U-profiled glass and spaced 10 cm from each other. In the altar facade, they outlined and subtracted a cross from the glass veil creating a window that looks out to the surrounding garden.
Facts about Sunset Chapel
Esteban Suárez (Founding Partner)
Juan Felipe Heredia
José Ignacio Báez
Noriega Iluminadores - Ricardo Noriega
Fermín Espinosa & Francisco Villeda
Last updated: December 19, 2013
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