The Oyster Chapel

Is a ecumenical chapel. It is call Oyster chapel because its form, which is based in an oyster; if we look detailed we can note the building has lines in its facade created with little holes of glass that make reference to the oyster and it texture.

This design was based in a modern structure that allow the roof created two different environments; one when this is completely up, showing the natural surrounding, and other one when the roof is down; closing the building and offering a spectacular picture of light going through the glass holes to the attendees. Other important characteristic of the roof is the time that it takes to change its position which is 30 sec.

Chapels are usually associated with towns, but in this case the Oyster Chapel fits perfectly in a modern hotel or university, because it is place where all religions can commemorate or celebrate without insult each other.

The general concept follows the actual earth care and human education about the environment, that is why the chapel is positioned in natural but sustainable places without interrupt the nature process of elements.

The structure can be described like simple but modern. The floor is the inferior part of the oyster, the roof, the other half of the oyster, is divided is two different parts. It is constructed following the arch principle. The movement of the layer of glass, one of the roof’s half, is created with an engine. During the day the glass effect is created with sunlight, but for the night specials lamp are turn on.

The materials used to create the chapel are: wood for the posterior structure. The beams are shaped with steel. One of the half of the roof is made of layers of glass. The floor and posteriors walls are produced with concrete.

(based in the leaf chapel created by klein dythan architecs ).