Stunning Curved Chapel Accented by Elegant Petal-Shaped Opening

Rene van Zuuk is one of the recent winners of a competition to develop architecture in and around the Weerwater lake that's at the heart of Almere, a 36-year-old Dutch city on the edge of Amsterdam. The architect designed a curved structure called Weerwater Chapel that sits on the surface of the lake. It's accessible via a long walkway out onto the water.

Based on the building's location, it could host a variety of activities for people of different religions and cultures. “This is a function that is part of every full-grown city but not yet available in the centre of Almere,” Van Zuuk tells Dezeen. “It is a place close to the city hall for the people of Almere to be able to get married but also close to the hospital where people can mourn. It is a location for the Christmas nativity scene in December, and a quiet place for reflection and small services throughout the rest of the year.”

The chapel's exterior will be constructed out of foam that's cut with a CNC machine and covered in zinc. A petal-shaped opening and narrow glazing across the roof ensures that there'll be ample natural light to cast a warm glow on the plywood interior. With its modern, stunning appearance, Van Zuuk's creation is sure to become a treasured locale for the relatively young city.

Rene van Zuuk website
via [Inhabitat and Dezeen]

Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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