Chapel of Valleacerón by S.M.A.O.

Designed by Madrid-based architecture office S-M.A.O., the Chapel of Valleacerón is a folding concrete structure with naked design. It has no artificial lighting and thus relies only on natural lighting to illuminate the space, emphasizing the symbolism of the project.

The exterior-interior spatial relationship determines its focus, its meaning. The interior is therefore decisively minimal. Only a cross and an image at the focal point underscore the symbolic aspects of the project.

The chapel is set at the top of a small hill, making it as part of the landscape seen from the property entrance 2 Km away at a low point.

Architects: S-M.A.O. (Sancho-Madridejos Architecture Office)
Location: Almadén, Ciudad Real, Spain
Photography: Hisao Suzuki, Roland Halbe for MoMA

From the architect: “The idea of situating and relating a series of objects in the landscape- Dwelling, Chapel, Hunting pavilion and Guard´s residence- gave the project a dual significance: in addition to the close relationship between landscape, objects and itinerary -between space and objects-, each item had to provide a different response with different emphasis, from the most symbolic to the most silent or private. The unifying thread was to be the concept of the fold: the fold as a hidden generator of different spaces.”

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