lina bo bardi's wooden chairs inside her são paulo chapel lina bo bardi's wooden chairs inside her são paulo chapel
jan 30, 2015

lina bo bardi's wooden chairs inside her são paulo chapel


lina bo bardi’s wooden chairs inside her são paulo chapel
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50 kilometers west of são paulo’s bustling center, a humble cement masonry chapel sits amid the rural tranquility of the brazilian countryside. designed by the acclaimed modernist architect lina bo bardi, ‘santa maria dos anjos chapel’ stands as a simple chamfered cube, where two of the structure’s diagonally opposing corners are cut away at 45 degree angles.

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the wooden chairs subtly reference the building’s distinctive form

 

 

 

within the unassuming structure, a set of wooden chairs – also created by bo bardi – subtly reference the building’s distinctive form. designed between 1978-80, the benches are believed to have been originally intended for the better-known ‘espirito santo do cerrado church’ in uberlândia. however, the shape of the seat – three angled planes – mirrors almost exactly the chapel’s chamfered corners, questioning the seat’s intended destination. constructed using plywood, the rear of the chair is extended vertically to form a backrest, while two openings at each side allow the item to be readily relocated. only 15 versions of the particular model are believed to be in existence.

lina bo bardi santa maria dos anjos chapel chair sao paulo brazil designboom
only 15 versions of the particular model are believed to be in existence

 

 

 

constructed in 1978, the chapel was originally plastered with a mixture that used the local earth, lending the windowless façade a pinkish hue. however, in recent years, the distinctive color tones have faded with a different paint used to re-clad the building.

lina bo bardi santa maria dos anjos chapel chair sao paulo brazil designboom
the humble cement masonry chapel sits amid the rural tranquility of the brazilian countryside

 

 

 

another change from the original design concerns the roof canopy which runs around the perimeter of the structure. when first built, the veranda was enclosed with ‘sapé’, (a local plant traditionally used as a covering for rural buildings), which sat atop unevenly spaced tree trunk supports. today however, the same shelter is formed of ceramic tiles which seek to protect the base of the chapel from the region’s harsh elements.

lina bo bardi santa maria dos anjos chapel chair sao paulo brazil designboom
‘santa maria dos anjos chapel’ stands as a simple chamfered cube

 

 

 

internally, the diagonal chamfer aligns itself with the central aisle, around which the minimal furnishings are articulated. consequently, upon entering the volume, the opposing walls extend in a welcoming fashion towards the visitor. high above the altar, two large apertures fill the space with a warm glow, lending the chapel an intimate sense of serenity and calm.

lina bo bardi santa maria dos anjos chapel chair sao paulo brazil designboom
designboom was greeted by the chapel’s priest, who made us wait while he changed into his customary robes

lina bo bardi santa maria dos anjos chapel chair sao paulo brazil designboom
upon entering the volume, opposing walls extend in a welcoming fashion towards the visitor

lina bo bardi santa maria dos anjos chapel chair sao paulo brazil designboom
the 14 stations of the cross are found in the chapel’s grounds

lina bo bardi santa maria dos anjos chapel chair sao paulo brazil designboom
constructed in 1978, the chapel was originally plastered with a mixture that used the local earth

lina bo bardi santa maria dos anjos chapel chair sao paulo brazil designboom
in recent years, the distinctive color tones have faded with a different paint used to re-clad the building

lina bo bardi santa maria dos anjos chapel chair sao paulo brazil designboom
today, ceramic tiles have replaced what used to be a canopy of vegetation

lina bo bardi santa maria dos anjos chapel chair sao paulo brazil designboom
see more of lina bo bardi’s work in this designboom book report

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