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Wood

Project timeline

1985 – 1988

Type

Religious

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Caplutta Sogn Benedetg
Sumvitg
Switzerland

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Saint Benedict Chapel Change this

Sumvitg, Switzerland
by Peter Zumthor Change this
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This Chapel created by the Pritzker-Prize owner, Peter Zumthor is a modest wooden building situatated on a slope of a mountain in Switzerland.

In 1984 an avalanche destroyed the baroque chapel in front of the village of Sogn Benedetg (St. Benedict). A recently built parking lot had acted like a ramp pushing the snow from the avalanche up against the chapel.

The new site on the original path to the Alp above the small village is protected from avalanches by a forest. The new wooden chapel, faced with larch wood shingles, was inaugurated in 1988.

This Chapel in a small village located in the Mountains is “a cylinder that turns into an oval and then into a keel: the geometry of this church, however definite, is also dynamic and elusive to the eye, all this exacerbated by the implantation of the building on a steep slope.”The church has a wooden construction and the façade is made with wooden shingles, wooden snips, similar to the locally build houses. The building is very carefully detailed and the setting is wonderful.

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