Uncommon Peace

Small sacred spaces are like short odes. They rarely fail to eloquently arrange the essential architectural elements that subtly divide the spatial function of ceremony and contemplation. An axis is significant and often unfurnished space that appears available for movement.

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© Adolf Bereuter, photographer

This contemporary rural chapel evokes its symmetry with a highly elevated vault that steeply shelters a small floor plan. Often the case with a servile building, any symmetry is architecturally represented with the same direction on both its interior and exterior.

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© Adolf Bereuter, photographer

The manner of architectural finesse that makes this an exceptional small building is the peaceful moderation of natural light that enters through only three glass panes. The limited sources of light allow enough light to enter to intensify the division of space and axially honor the central subject.

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© Adolf Bereuter, photographer © Bernardo Bader Architekten, model

The architect describes the geometry as “folded,” which is noteworthy for young designers still searching architectural mysteries. Sacred spaces and small buildings are good examples for architectural study, which might explain why small religious buildings are considerately published.

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Written by CPG

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CREDIT
Bernardo Bader Architekten, architect. Kapelle Salgenreute. Citizens of Au, Zwing and Salgenreute, client. merz kley partner ZT, engineer. Krumbach, AT, c. 2016.
Adolf Bereuter, photographer.
NEWS SOURCE
Insa Thiel. “Bauliche Erhabenkeit: Kapelle Salgenreute von Bernardo Bader,” Detail (blog), December 21, 2017, https://www.detail.de/artikel/bauliche-erhabenheit-kapelle-salgenreute-von-bernardo-bader-29981/.

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