Stunning Modern Chapel in South Africa Has Roof that Appears to Take Flight

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Set within a serenely expansive vineyard in South Africa, a new modern chapel by Steyn Studio, in collaboration with TV3 Architects, is an impressive piece of religious architecture. Capped by an undulating roof, the Bosjes Chapel pays homage to historic Cape Dutch homes.

The chapel is set within the Bosjes Farm, with its swooping, symmetrical roof reaching down to dip into a reflecting pool. As it rises up, the poured concrete roof reveals large picture windows that allude to the structure's full height. Surrounded by the mountains, the building's forms also mirror its environment.

Inspired by the biblical passage Psalm 36:7, which reads “How priceless is your unfailing love, O God! People take refuge in the shadow of your wings,” the chapel appears to float in space. In fact, the entire chapel is set on a plinth which provides this illusion.

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To make the structure as light as possible, the architects ingeniously designed a roof would also become the chapel's walls and columns, essentially supporting itself. The overall effect is a light, majestic structure perfectly synchronized with its spiritual functionality.

The poured concrete roof of this modern chapel appears as wings ready to take flight and provides the entire supporting mechanism of the religious building.

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All images via Adam Letch.

Jessica Stewart

Jessica Stewart is a Contributing Writer and Digital Media Specialist for My Modern Met, as well as a curator and art historian. Since 2020, she is also one of the co-hosts of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. She earned her MA in Renaissance Studies from University College London and now lives in Rome, Italy. She cultivated expertise in street art which led to the purchase of her photographic archive by the Treccani Italian Encyclopedia in 2014. When she’s not spending time with her three dogs, she also manages the studio of a successful street artist. In 2013, she authored the book 'Street Art Stories Roma' and most recently contributed to 'Crossroads: A Glimpse Into the Life of Alice Pasquini'. You can follow her adventures online at @romephotoblog.
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