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'Sunset' Chapel' by BNKR Arquitectura, photo by Esteban Suárez

This chapel built on the huge granite rocks of Acapulco, Mexico lives up to the architect’s name. The Mexico City based BNKR Arquitectura (Bunker Arquitectura) recently unveiled this monolithic concrete chapel, a massive yet elegant building to mourn the passing of loved ones.

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La Estancia Chapel by Bunker Arquitectura

La Estancia Chapel by Bunker Arquitectura, photo by Megs Inniss

This light and translucient wedding chapel in the traditional mexican baroque colonial style La Estancia Wedding Gardens was designed by the young Mexico City based Bunker Architects. The idea to construct a chapel for the garden cames, when one of Bunker´s associates decided to marry in these gardens – the client had been toying for some time with the idea of building the chapel. When he found out a young architect was getting married in his garden the commission to design and build the chapel was granted for what the architects thought was an almost ridiculous caprice: the client found very romantic the idea of an architect designing the chapel he would get married in.

La Estancia Chapel by Bunker Arquitectura

La Estancia Chapel by Bunker Arquitectura, photo by Megs Inniss

Let’s see how this funny story continues:

“…That was the last thing he found romantic in the endless subsequent discussions that followed. He imagined a chapel in the same style of the gardens. We were all against styles. He wanted a classical approach. We were seduced by the “modern”. He desired to blend in. We believed in contrast. He preferred a closed wall chapel. We craved an open chapel. He was eccentric. Ok, in this we coincided. He required air conditioning. We disapproved of the idea given the size of the project… Bunker gradually won every point with eloquent, persuasive and almost stoical arguments. In the end, we did complete the chapel, inaugurate it with a wedding and it became the clients´ pampered and proud new offspring.”

La Estancia Chapel by Bunker Arquitectura

La Estancia Chapel by Bunker Arquitectura, photo by Megs Inniss

“A crystal chapel in a warm tropical climate seemed like a contradiction in terms. The green house effect appeared to be something we could not elude. We decided on using U-profiled glass panes that are meant to work together as a single membrane. To separate them as single auto-bearing units, to reduce temperatures during the day, made them fragile and vulnerable. The contractor had never been exposed to this idea but was willing to give it a try. The construction went along as planned and our experiment proved successful. With this, we achieved a well ventilated space and a visual play between the interior and exterior.”

La Estancia Chapel by Bunker Arquitectura, photo by Megs Inniss

La Estancia Chapel by Bunker Arquitectura, photo by Megs Inniss

“The site for the chapel was carefully chosen within an enormous area of abundant vegetation. We selected a location that would not require the removal of any of the existing plants or trees, under large jacaranda trees, which form a natural arch over the chapel and provide it with ample shade, thus reducing temperatures during the day. We strived to bring about the least possible impact on the site.”

“The chapel was conceived as a box and compressed to form a peaked roof. Different shapes were traced on its lateral facades to form a prism which was then subtracted from the main volume. We covered the four facades with U-profiled glass and spaced each piece 10cm. apart from each other. In the altar façade, a cross was outlined and subtracted from the glass veil creating a window that looks out onto the surrounding garden. Exuberant vegetation permeates through the glass lattice walls thus creating a graceful and rhythmical dialogue between the artificial and natural environment.”

La Estancia Chapel by Bunker Arquitectura, photo by Sebastian Suarez

La Estancia Chapel by Bunker Arquitectura, photo by Sebastian Suarez

Location: La Estancia Gardens, Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico

Site Area: 60,000 sq. meters

Gross Floor Area: 117 sq. meters

Building Height: 6.50 m

Construction System: Concrete foundation; steel columns and beams

Client/Owner: Promotora Amates

Principals: Esteban Suarez, Jorge Arteaga, Sebastian Suarez , Santiago Gitanjalli, Zaida Montañana

Collaborators: Paola Moire, Miguel Angel Martinez, Jimena Muhlia

Main Contractor: ETASA

Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: Cien Acres

Civil & Structural Engineer: DAE

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