FATmaison: revival sunset chapel in libreville
 
FATmaison: revival sunset chapel in libreville
may 08, 2013

FATmaison: revival sunset chapel in libreville

‘revival sunset chapel’ by FATmaison, libreville, gabonall images courtesy of FATmaison

 

 

 

the project came about upon the request of the  former minister of gabon who wanted a chapel made with italian methods and materials to receive the remains of his wife. he commissioned monza-based practice FATmaison to design the prefabricated ‘revival sunset chapel’ at the center of librevillenear the minister’s private residence, surrounded by a dense forest on three sides encapsulating the original grave which by local tradition cannot bedisturbed or relocated. as it is located in an architecturally and socially controversial area, the architects worked towards bringing a material and culturalresolution through the church, open to the community as a place where the rich and poor may share the same space. with a varied material palette including corten steel, black and white carrara marble, stainless steel, aluminum, pine timber, and textured glass, the chapel was first assembled inan italian warehouse where specific details and problems could be solved before it was disassembled and shipped to gabon in shipping containers for its second and final construction, which took less than a month with local labor that had already poured the foundation slab.  

 

the corten steel panels present from the mausoleum to the altar and the black and white marble serve as symbols of the christian afterlife, illuminatedby the cross of light at the rounded apse. thin steel frames outline the tall nave space, infilled with folded rough glass sections and special connectionsthat allow the passage of air and light while distorting views of the interior and exterior.

 

 

FATmaison: revival sunset chapel in librevilleview form the surrounding fields

 

 

FATmaison: revival sunset chapel in librevillecross window in corten steel at the apse

 

 

FATmaison: revival sunset chapel in librevilleback end of the church

 

 

FATmaison: revival sunset chapel in libreville(left) rooftop cascade detail(right) glass louver facade

 

 

FATmaison: revival sunset chapel in librevillesteel structure construction covered in pine planks

 

 

FATmaison: revival sunset chapel in librevillenave of black and white marble with wooden pews

 

 

FATmaison: revival sunset chapel in librevilleview to the altar

 

 

FATmaison: revival sunset chapel in libreville

 

 

FATmaison: revival sunset chapel in librevillewooden pew and facade details

 

 

FATmaison: revival sunset chapel in librevillecross reflected in black and white marble

 

 

FATmaison: revival sunset chapel in librevillelight coming through the cross

 

 

FATmaison: revival sunset chapel in librevilleglass panel detail

 

 

 

FATmaison: revival sunset chapel in libreville FATmaison: revival sunset chapel in libreville FATmaison: revival sunset chapel in libreville FATmaison: revival sunset chapel in libreville FATmaison: revival sunset chapel in libreville FATmaison: revival sunset chapel in libreville FATmaison: revival sunset chapel in libreville FATmaison: revival sunset chapel in libreville FATmaison: revival sunset chapel in libreville full article here FATmaison: revival sunset chapel in librevillefloor plan / level 0

 

 

project info:

 

 

design: FATmaison realization: sea montaggiclient: dr. marcel eloi rahandi chambrierlocation: libreville, gabondimension: 156 mqtiming: from january 14 to february 14, 2013cost: 245,000.00 EUR

  • lovely structure but the sightlines look a little tough

    dbkii says:

have something to add? share your thoughts in our comments section below.
all comments are reviewed for the purposes of moderation before publishing.

comments policy
LOG IN
designboom's comment policy guidelines
generally speaking, if we publish something, it's because we're genuinely interested in the subject. we hope you'll share this interest and if you know even more about it, please share! our goal in the discussion threads is to have good conversation and we prefer constructive opinions. we and our readers have fun with entertaining ones. designboom welcomes alerts about typos, incorrect names, and the like.
the correction is at the discretion of the post editor and may not happen immediately.

what if you disagree with what we or another commenter has to say?
let's hear it! but please understand that offensive, inappropriate, or just plain annoying comments may be deleted or shortened.

- please do not make racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic or otherwise offensive comments.
- please don't personally insult the writers or your fellow commenters.
- please avoid using offensive words, replacing a few letters with asterisks is not a valid workaround.
- please don't include your website or e-mail address in your comments for the purpose of self-promotion.
- please respect jury verdicts and do not discuss offensively on the competition results
(there is only one fist prize, and designboom usually asks renown professionals to help us to promote talent.
in addition to the awarded designs, we do feel that almost all deserve our attention, that is why we publish
the best 100-200 entries too.)

a link is allowed in comments as long as they add value in the form of information, images, humor, etc. (links to the front page of your personal blog or website are not okay). unwelcome links (to commercial products or services of others, offensive material etc. ) will be redacted. and, ... yes, spam gets banned. no, we do not post fake comments.

PRODUCT LIBRARY

a diverse digital database that acts as a valuable guide in gaining insight and information about a product directly from the manufacturer, and serves as a rich reference point in developing a project or scheme.

architecture news

×
keep up with our daily and weekly stories
503,281 subscribers
- see sample
- see sample
designboom magazine