The project focused on the restoration of the Imaculada Chapel and the high choir, transforming it into a reserved space for the inhabitants of de Seminary – the Cheia de Graça Chapel. The total ceiling height of the intervening space and the outer walls of the room were taken advantage of, leaving the existing “skin” of stone that manifests around the chapels in a sculptural away.
The Chapel erected in wood, from the support structure to the planes conferring the space composed of several pieces of wood, fitted together, creating a balanced structure that manifests as a forest at the entrance of the sacred space.
A concrete vault surrounds the chapels, imposing itself simple, light and suspended in space, defying its own materiallism. Thus, by its composition and scale was given to this space a level of superior intelligibility and a spiritual dimension, allowing the dialogue between space, the individual and the divine.
Imaculada Chapel was one of the finalists of 2017 National Wooden Architecture Award and won 2019 ArchDaily Buiding of the Year Award.