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Farewell Chapel by OFIS Arhitekti

Slovenian practice OFIS Arhitekti have completed a chapel next to an existing graveyard near Ljubljana in Slovenia.

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The curved, concrete structure nestles into the rising landscape.

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A cruciform skylight with integrated lighting illuminates the larch-paneled interior.

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The glazed facade opens onto a terrace for outdoor gatherings during the summer.

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Photographs are by Tomaz Gregoric.

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Here's some more information from OFIS Arhitekti:

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Farewell Chapel

A farewell chapel is located in a village close to Ljubljana.

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The site plot is next to the existing cemetery.

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The chapel is cut into the rising landscape.

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The shape is following the lines of the landscape trajectories around the graveyard.

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Three curved walls are embracing and dividing the programs.

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External curve is dividing the surrounding hill from chapel plateau and also reinstates main supporting wall.

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Services such as storages, wardrobe restrooms and kitchenette are on the inner side along the wall.

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Internal curve is embracing main farewell space.

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It is partly glazed and it is opening towards outside plateau for summer gatherings.

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Roof is following its own curvature and forming external porch.

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Catholic sign is featured as laying cross positioned on the rooftop above the main farewell space.

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It also functions as luminous dynamic element across the space during the daytime and lighting spark in night time.

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Materials are polished concrete, larch wood, glass.

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Inner space: 70m2
External plato: 65 m2
Budget: 180.000 EUR
Invited competition 2005 / 
Construction start 2008 / 
Completed 2009
Navigation: Krasnja, Slovenia

Design team:

    • Rok Oman
    • Spela Videcnik
  • Andrej Gregoric,
Janez martincic,
Magdalena Lacka
  • Katja Aljaz
  • Martina Lipicer
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