UDAD Awards 2019

Third Award – A Path To The Moutain Top | Leonardo Bachiega Arquitetos

Project close to Cunha, from an order to a chapel where the whole mountain has the site for the project.


Third Award – Urban Design & Architecture Design Awards 2019
Firm | Leonardo Bachiega Arquitetos
Category | Cultural (Concept)
Architect | Leonardo Bachiega
Country | Brazil

On the natural topography of the mountain, a path arises. Two stone walls interact with each other and are taken as a reference for access to the chapel, towards the summit of the mountain.

Along the way, the whole exuberant nature is present, the cross greater symbol rests on the water mirror and communicates with the other forms.

Further along the summit, an elliptical volume sprouts from the earth, taking this path, integrating its forms and curves. A semi – open building, where inside and outside are mixed, passes from the exterior to the interior in discontinuity. The building is born as an ancient aurea, a moment of introspection and an interior look, reflection.

The nature that has always supported us, finds in the project a possibility of creating a mystical atmosphere. Sunlight floods the interior of the environment melts in contact with the water and the stone – the water purifying element. The stone wall that enveloped itself and the environment, contouring the shape.

The stone with time will be taken by a greenish tone, transforming like man and his faith.

The slab hardly touches the wall along the building, where the light enters and as if projected by the opening and its upper light, walks a mirror of water.

The chapel, a volume without opening, except one, a shelter the image of Our Lady Aparecida.

The route is completed next to a belvedere, from where you have the view of the landscape – cross. A space distinct from the chapel, but that completes it. The cross, the chapel and the belvedere stand in a way to dialogue and create a new environment for the whole chapel, a new scale is created, now open, the square and nature in the project with a whole A bank is located intentional way, directed to the cross.

The chapel as a set of organic and rational elements, open, semi – open, covered, arranged along the mountain that give to all the route and the nature of the surroundings

A blanket of shards of stone covered the entire topography of the proposed course.

A mystical place, an oratory, a dramatic space.