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Cutting Edge Cliffside Chapel Proposed For Greek Island

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Lux Aeterna interior.(OPA)
Lux Aeterna interior (OPA)

Open Platform for Architecture espouses “Transcendental Brutalism,” a style embracing the brutal (using concrete as a building material and celebrating rugged terrain) while creating something transcendent. Its proposed chapel of The Lux Aeterna Holy Cross Chapel is designed to use a “minimalistic design devoid of earthly distractive elements” to capture a “purity of belief.”

Lux Aeterna view from sea.(OPA)
Lux Aeterna view from the sea (OPA)

The chapel would be the third building of the Terra Mater trilogy of underground buildings. Proposed for the Greek island of Serifos, it possesses a single cliff façade facing the Aegean sea. OPA notes that the landscape is “arid, integral to the underlying concept, and matching perfectly to the rough finish of the unclad bare concrete surfaces of the chapel.”

Lux Aeterna interior fascade.(OPA)
Lux Aeterna interior facade (OPA)

The chapel features three levels, allowing for a bold and unique use of the cross with a vertical orientation, instead of the horizontal orientation that occurs “in the design of cross-shaped floor-plan churches.”

Lux Aeterna interior rendering.(OPA)
Lux Aeterna interior rendering (OPA)

As an underground building, the chapel will benefit from “the thermal insulation of the surrounding ground to achieve a temperature stable environment” and have a minimal “optical impact” on the landscape, since there’s only “one façade on the cliff side and the integrated bell-tower extruding from the ground level,” allowing for the beauty of the land and of the chapel to be in balance.

For more information on the Lux Aeterna Holy Cross Chapel, click here.

Lux Aeterna entrance.(OPA)
Lux Aeterna entrance (OPA)