Located in the outskirts of Unterliezheim in Southern Germany, this chapel by John Pawson uses 61 douglas fir logs which were carefully sourced and collected by wooden flooring company Dinesen. The architecture is framed using the simplest of gestures with its mass appearing as a pile of logs stacked up to dry from certain perspectives while from others, the placement of the elements on a concrete plinth creates a more formal impression of a piece of sculpture emerging from the forest. Visitors enter the chapel through a narrow opening that leads into a deliberately darkened small room. Along one of the walls, a bench offers views out of a small window that in turn frames the rural landscape.
The purposefully narrow entry maintains the sense of physical proximity encountered as one moves through the dense trees, adding visceral and visual theatre to the exhilarating experience of passing into an attenuated space over seven meters high and nearly nine meters long.Project team: Jan Hobel, Eleni Koryzi, Max Gleeson in collaboration with the Siegfried and Elfriede Denzel Foundation, Dinesen, Gumpp & Maier
Photography by Felix Friedmann