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

‘santa ana chapel’ by e|348 arquitectura, canedo, 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.


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.



sitting next to the old structures
image © fernando guerra



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



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



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