Monday, 13 December 2010

Chapel Lomas de Cuernavaca, by Félix Candela


The dramatic 1958 chapel above the town of Cuernavaca, Mexico, by architect Félix Candela.


The doubly-curved thin concrete roof shell is formed entirely out straight-line timber members—one of the unique means by which “hypar” roofs distinguish themselves both for their athletic beauty and for their relative ease of construction.


It forms a unique space, in which the view is projected past the altar to the township below in which the worshippers themselves live, encompassing therefore within their field of worship their own secular existence.

Candela02 More about the project here.

1 comment:

  1. Thank for posting this! Candela is truly one of the Great Ones.

    Someday I hope to make a pilgrimage through Mexico to see his buildings firsthand.


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