e|348 arquitectura: santa ana chapel, portugal
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nov 15, 2012
e|348 arquitectura: santa ana chapel, portugal



e|348 arquitectura: ‘santa ana chapel’, portugal
image © fernando guerra
all images courtesy of e|348 arquitectura

 

 

 

located about 20 kilometers south of porto in the small town of canedo with many valleys and mesas, portuguese firm e|348 arquitectura has completed the ‘santa ana chapel’ on a wedge site surrounded by a very traditional vernacular and an almost untouched natural beauty. simplicity and originality are key components to match the history and aesthetic of the landscape. an L-shape typography was chosen to leave designed space on the exterior in the form of contemporary stone steps and courtyard. the traditional masonry construction is covered in chapisco, a traditional portuguese finish whereby a special concrete mix is skillfully applied to a wall or roof sealing any cracks in the brickwork but also giving the rounded structure a strong texture, painted white to contrast the environment.

 

 

 

e348 arquitectura: santa ana chapel
sitting next to the old structures
image © fernando guerra

 

 

 

upon entering the west-facing entrance framed in a slender steel frame, one is faced a small ante-chapel with saint ana. upon continuation, the 30-person nave opens up with an inclined roof plane held up by natural timber crossbeams focusing the attention to the altar. on the opposite end, a screen wraps around to hide a small restroom. small rectangular openings in the partitions pixelate the curved walls to illuminate the interior with an almost glowing effect. on the broadest wall facing east, a void in the shape of a cross decorates the otherwise vast expanse of white. a small wooden staircase on the opposing wall leads to a block of exposed concrete that serves as a small balcony to the outside that may be used as a small theater over the open courtyard and steps.

 


inclined roof line with a small balcony facing the exterior
image © fernando guerra

 

 


amidst a traditional lifestyle
image © fernando guerra

 

 


a stone staircase and courtyard serve as a small theater
image © fernando guerra

 

 


chapisco finishing method gives a strong natural texture
image © fernando guerra

 

 


stone steps double as seating space
image © fernando guerra

 

 


pixelated openings glow from interior light
image © fernando guerra

 

 


entrance
image © fernando guerra

 

 


saint ana in the pre-chapel room
image © fernando guerra

 

 


interior nave
image © fernando guerra

 

 


white walls accented with wooden roof beams and floorboards
image © fernando guerra

 

 


image © fernando guerra

 

 


(left) a concrete block leads to the small balcony
(right) view from the balcony
image © fernando guerra

 

 


view of altar from balcony
image © fernando guerra

 

 


contemporary crooked stair steps
images © fernando guerra

 

 


image © fernando guerra

 

 


illuminated at night
image © fernando guerra

 

 


glowing interior light
image © fernando guerra

 

 


image © fernando guerra

 

 


site plan

 

 


floor plan / level 0

 

 


elevation

 

 


elevation

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