This cross-shaped chapel in Brazil was designed by architect Gustavo Penna (+ slideshow).
Unlike a cruciform, the concrete cross on the front and rear facades of All Saints Chapel is wider than it is tall.
Sunlight seeps into the chapel though a skylight that runs along the uppermost point of the cross.
Clear glazing surrounds the sides of the building, while the interior is lined with timber.
A pool of water is positioned just in front and aligns with the centre of the cross.
Photography is by Leonardo Finotii.
Here's some more information from Gustavo Penna:
All Saints Chapel
First, the baptismal font.
A source of pure water – the origin of everything.
Through the two river banks, one reaches the third – religare; the symbol/synthesis, the cross
Sky and earth – the vertical line
All men – the horizontal line
The internal space is created by displacing the sacred form.
The space is the movement.
The wood shelters, cuddles, protects.
Nature is around participating in solidarity.
Project name: All Saints Chapel
Architecture: Gustavo Penna, Laura Penna, Norberto Bambozzi, Alice Flores, Alyne Ferreira, Catarina Hermanny, Natália Ponciano, Priscila Dias de Araújo, Vivian Hunnicutt
Management and Planning: Isabela Tolentino e Rísia Botrel
Location: Martinho Campos – Minas Gerais – Brazil
Year designed: 2010
Year completed: 2010
Projected area: 160m²
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