Orthodox Chapel

Placed in a more hostile environment, surrounded by buildings with an arguable architectural quality, the building suggests the development of a more introverted space, specific to orthodox architecture, of a world recreated where parishioners wait for God. In therms of the architectural language, this aspect was materialized by the use of the hemisphere as a major element, cut by four vertical plans that somewhat remind of the towers of Moldavian churches. One of the main objectives in defining the chapel was the attempt to create a place of worship different from a church given the fact that we were dealing with smaller sizes and we believe that a homothetic reduction of a church to a chapel would generate a failure. Even though it is placed on a quite small emplacement or maybe because of it, the chapel suggests a trail that begins from the outside and then passes towards a space that announces the presence of a place of worship, namely the water feature that surrounds the building from three sides, and then enters into a covered mediating space – interior-exterior, where the candle-bearer is placed, so that once found in the interior, the visitor can stop in the actual worship area, covered with a spherical dome or can go further towards the crypts found in the basement. The interior trail, that leads towards the crypts, was designed as an adjacent element of the major space, the space of the sphere, being less tall and covered as a platform roof, and is separated from the central space by a skylight whose light accompanies the visitor until the area of the crypts. On the inside the continuity given by the spherical surface and the four walls interrupted only by the entrances, the altar and the two vertical slits provides the necessary continuous support for the significant iconography in this ecclesial space with byzantine origins. This continuum inside of the interior space in expressed on the exterior as well, the main volume being plated with the same material (the roof and the four facades) that also represents an archetype in the byzantine architecture, namely the brick. The water feature to which we referred to earlier is a symbol of purity and it also represents an important element that announces the transition from profane space into a mystical one.          
project details
project title: orthodox chapel
project type: in progress
main author: arch. Radu Teacă
collaborators: arch. Péter Marx, arch. Raluca Velescu, arch. Alex Pintea
contractor: sc Paraoanu & Tudor Constructii srl