The iconic BOSJES Chapel, which is set within BOSJES Estate and located in the Western Cape’s Breede River Valley, has been acknowledged by the 2019 edition of Architizer’s premier A+ Awards programme, the world’s largest initiative of its kind for architecture and building products.
Designed by South African-born Coetzee Steyn of Steyn Studio in London, BOSJES Chapel is the winner of the 2019 Architizer A+ Popular Choice in the religious buildings and memorials category, which was announced on 9 July. It has also been named as one of this year’s five special honourees, which include renowned international practices Heatherwick Studio and Mecanoo.
The title of special honouree is awarded to key influencers and projects, chosen for their extraordinary contribution to the field of architecture. The award highlights projects that champion architecture’s potential to positively impact everyday life.
Constructed from a slim concrete cast shell, the roof supports itself as each undulation dramatically falls to meet the ground. Surrounded by meditative gardens, the glass-walled chapel’s flowing white roof appears to float serenely in a reflection pond.
Inside, highly polished terrazzo reflects light internally. The undulating whitewashed ceiling casts an array of shadows which dance within the volume as light levels change throughout the day. The modest palette of materials creates a neutral background to the impressive framed views of the vineyards and mountain beyond.
“It is a great honour to be included amongst some of the world’s best architecture; and, being routed in the platteland myself, also very humbling, especially because of the support and recognition BOSJES Chapel has received,” Coetzee Steyn comments.
“The chapel’s totality speaks of tranquillity, peace and quiet – a meditative space no matter your spiritual affiliation,” concludes Carlen Vorster of BOSJES.
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