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Daniel Bonilla Arquitectos | Los Nogales Chapel

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Los Nogales School’s Chapel, is conceived based on human life’s dualities. A  pure and elemental prism represents the pureness, the essential and the harmony. The various volumes and cracks that this prism suffers represent the spiritual sense in human lives, therefore harmony’s alterations. The prism order is juxtaposed with these alterations that generate light cracks on the elevations, allusion to hope and opportunity in a life of darkness. The dimness take place, as a place for quietness and prayer; the search for the interior self.

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07Dualism  also happens when the chapel opens itself   to gather a major number of assistants; the lineal traditional axis of the interior becomes the transverse one, altar changes to chorus, and Christian traditional symbolism suffer a metamorphosis just  by opening two huge doors facing a wide public space. This changes the chapel dramatically, from one that can gather 100 assistants to another capable for almost 2000, distorting the scale of the building itself, and making invisible the edge between interior and exterior.

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03In fact the site’s composition is the result of a detailed study, composed by the chapel’s prism and the loose belfry element, which works as a symbolic landmark. The ochre concrete and the natural wood reflect brightness and nobility, mixed with texture and grain, surround by the tranquility of the subtle water pond and the trees.

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Location: Bogotá, Colombia
Architect: Daniel Bonilla
Design Team: Daniel Bonilla, Alejandro Borrero, Claudia Monroy, Jhony Duarte
Constructor: Jaime Pizarro.
Project: Los Nogales Chapel.
Client: Corporación Colegio Los Nogales
Date: 2000/2001
Area: 368 m2
Photos: Jorge Gamboa
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