Completed in December 2016, Steyn Studio’s Bosjes Chapel, is due to open its doors to the public in March this year.
这座小教堂由Steyn Studio事务所中一位南非裔设计师Coetzee Steyn主持设计。它位于南非一处葡萄园中，其宁静如雕塑般的外形模仿周围群山的轮廓幅度，其悦动的造型仿佛向西开普敦的乡村历史风光致敬。
The new chapel, set within a vineyard in South Africa, is designed by South-African born Coetzee Steyn of London based Steyn Studio. Its serene sculptural form emulates the silhouette of surrounding mountain ranges, paying tribute to the historic Cape Dutch gables dotting the rural landscapes of the Western Cape.
Drawing poetic inspiration from Psalm 36:7, the crisp white form is conceived as a lightweight, and dynamic structure which appears to float within the valley.
A reflective pond emphasises the apparent weightlessness of the structure. Elevated upon a plinth, the chapel rises from the flat land its sits upon, providing a hierarchical focal point within its surroundings.
Constructed from a slim concrete cast shell, the roof supports itself as each undulation dramatically falls to meet the ground. Where each wave of the roof structure rises to a peak, expanses of glazing adjoined centrally by a crucifix adorn the façade.
白色屋顶勾勒出轻柔的曲线，契合山谷的轮廓浮动着，描绘了圣经诗篇中的画面。一片平静的池塘映射出建筑飘逸的外形，仿若轻浮于基地之上。建筑融于新栽的葡萄园和石榴树景观中，在平静中突显出来。受19世纪Moravian Mission Stations设计理念的影响，这座教堂没有突兀的尖顶，而是注重和自然的融合关系。
New planting including a vineyard and pomegranate orchard create a lush green oasis on the otherwise exposed site.Inspired by the simplicity of the Moravian Mission Stations established on Cape Dutch farms in the 19th Century, the chapel lacks a spire – relinquishing a sense of significance in relation to its impressive natural surroundings.
▼建筑与环境相互融合，involved in the natural surroundings
Inside, a large and open assembly space is created within a simple rectangular plan. Highly polished terazzo floors reflect light internally. The undulating whitewashed ceiling casts an array of shadows which dance within the volume as light levels change throughout the day. This modest palette of materials creates a neutral background to the impressive framed views of the vineyard and mountains beyond.
▼白色混凝土屋顶映出室内明亮空间，the concrete roof reflects the sun light
▼建筑立面有十字造型装饰，the glass wall was decorated by crossing
▼空间充分采入自然光，natural lights are welcomed
In order to keep the structural form of the roof and assembly space pure, other elements of the buildings functional programme are either hidden within the plinth, or discretely within the outer corners of the surrounding garden.An open embrace which invites in, the chapel is also a space that extends outwards into the valley and mountains beyond, raising the awareness of God’s creation in the immediate environment.
Start on site：2013
Gross floor area：430 sqm
Location：Bosjes Farm, Witzenberg District, Western Cape, South Africa
Design architect：Steyn Studio (UK)
Project architect：TV3 Architects (South Africa)
Furniture Design：Liam Mooney Studio
Contractor：Longworth & Faul
Structural engineer：Henry Fagan & Partners
Mechanical & Electrical engineer：Solution Station
Quantity surveyor：De Leeuw
Planning consultant：Ron Brunings
Landscape architect：CNdV Landscape Architects
Heritage Consultants：Graham Jacobs, Elzet Albertyn & Lize Malan
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