Located within the Bosjes Farm vineyard in Western Cape, South Africa, is the distinctive Bosjes Chapel designed by British architecture firmSteyn Studio.
Inspired by the mountainous backdrop, the chapel mimics the natural ‘rise’ of the mountain and ‘fall’ of the valley with its a peculiar sculptural form that is a direct abstraction of its natural surroundings. To achieve this light, elegant form, the architects designed the roof to also become the walls and columns in essence creating a self supporting structure, that is basically a thin concrete shell.
On completion of the design, Steyn Studio then collaborated with local architecture firm TV3 Architects to build the chapel. Sitting on a raised concrete plinth, the aforementioned concrete shell ‘appears’ to be held up by glass walls which offer unobstructed views of the surrounding vista. The plinth is surrounded by a reflecting pond thats makes the chapel appear to float. A narrow walkway over the reflecting pond leads to the entrance of the chapel while interior lighting accentuates the elegant curves of the ceiling/roof.
You can read a much more robust description on the steyn studio website.
Date: 2011 – 2016
Design Architect: Steyn Studio
Location: R43| Witzenberg, South Africa
Gross Floor Area: 200sqm
Executive Architect: TV3 Architects
Landscape Architect: CNdV
Quantity Surveyor: De Leeuw
Structural Engineers: Henry Fagan
Services Engineer: Solution Station
Planning Consultant: Ron Brunings
Heritage Consultants: Graham Jacobs, Elzet Albertyn & Lize Malan