'A secular chapel'
A space of silence in a big city.
A place of meditation, peace and reflection that isolates you from the speed and noise of the environment and puts you in a very sensitive, spiritual situation.
We have all experienced the effects of deciding to enter a church and rest for a while when wandering in a big city. The physical and sensory experience transforms you for a few minutes. The temperature is different from the outside, it is especially nice in the summer when it can be a few degrees cooler. Your eyes have to adapt to the lack of light and may take a few seconds to do so, during which you stop and wait. When you return to normality, you will only hear the echo of your footsteps and that is the ultimate expression of silence. The smell of burning wax and incense transport you to a spirituality connected to your childhood...
An experience similar to that of finding a small chapel on the summit after a long climb up a mountain and deciding to enter it. Solitude and silence.
The proposal is to design a place that provides this type of experience in the big city. A vacuum chamber.
A site in the centre of a big city is proposed. La plaza de las Glòries in Barcelona. A large urban space that will be a large metropolitan park in the future. The piece must therefore address the current interim location of the site but with an eye to the future, when the architecture will be fully integrated into the park landscape.
To achieve this, the winning project of the architectural tender organised by the city of Barcelona will be taken as a starting point, the work of Agence TER
and Ana Coello.
The exact location of the piece must be chosen by each designer within the area situated between Cartagena street, Badajoz street, Consell de Cent street and Bolivia street.
The size is also open to the discretion of each author, but must be reduced, similar to that of a small chapel.
References that can illustrate this statement can be very varied: the Antoni Tàpies meditation room at the Pompeu Fabra University, the Rothko chapel in Houston, the Bruder Klaus Peter Zumthor country chapel, the Tindaya Chillida mountain project, the Aldo van Eyck Sonsbeek pavilion, the Saarinen MIT chapel, etc.
Architecture that is very marked by the essence of what it constructs. Interior spaces insulated from the outside, where the façade plays a less important role.
An opportunity to rediscover the essential values of architecture and its potential to transform the human spirit.