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projects HONOR AWARD Kápolna Madaras MADA R A S, H A R G HI TA COUN TY, R O M A NI A ©C.Johnson/R.Albert Architect: Christopher Johnson Architect with Ramona Albert Client: Jozsef Petho ocated on the highest summit of the Harghita Mountains of Transylvania, Kápolna Madaras is a small pilgrimage chapel open to travelers and local villagers. Every summer for generations, area Roman Catholics have journeyed to Madaras to witness the blessing of local saints. The congregation has always been exposed to the elements but, once built, the 590-square-foot chapel will provide shelter and a place of rest. The building is a proclamation of natural and man-made dualities. It is at once “the cathedral” and “the cave” – temporary and permanent, cultured and primitive. The space allows the ceiling to disappear into the heights – at its tallest point the structure is 42 feet high – with the eye and mind drawn upward. The light filtering in from behind the nave provides a quiet glow, while the small oculi overhead allow precise shafts of light at certain times of day. The truncated doughnut-shaped form can appear either light and billowy or massive and inert, resembling both a tent and a stone. The textural play of the interior and exterior surfaces reinforces the idea that the building is a simple continuous manifold – a two-sided sheet of wooden skin, primitively formed into a shelter. Digital and parametric design technologies are reconciled with local materials and construction techniques: in particular, the centuries-old woodworking skills of local carpenters. ■ 48 Oculus Summer 2013 ©C.Johnson/R.Albert L Jury: “It’s incredibly compact, precise, clear, and very expressive. Fully recognizable as a hill chapel, it still manages to challenge ideas of what a chapel should be.” DESIGN TEAM: Christopher Johnson, AIA, LEED AP, Ramona Albert 2013 AIANY Design Awards http://www.naylornetwork.com/arc-nxt/

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Oculus - Summer 2013

First Words Letter from the President
Center for Architecture
Introduction
Architecture
Interiors
Urban Design
Projects
Rhetorically Speaking
Index to Advertisers

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