Opening the sky

Architects Enota joined the chapel from the village square, turning it into a landscape sculpture, designed to accent the identity of the suburban settlement.

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Chapel in the village of Skorba, Enota. Photo © Miran Kambič

In the discussion of the project, the search for financing for the purchase of the site and in the actual construction of the chapel – as volunteers – the inhabitants of Skorba, the western suburb of the ancient Slovenian town of Ptuj took an active part. "So it’s not hi-tech and not all the details are perfect," explain the authors of the project, the Ljutljan architectural bureau Enota. "But it interacts well with the environment, it is clear in its forms, simplicity and thoroughness."

The place was located next to the cultural center of the Scorpion in the place where the village is located in the same place.

Chapel in the village of Skorba, Enota. Photo © Miran Kambič

Chapel in the village of Skorba, Enota. Photo © Miran Kambič

Chapel in the village of Skorba, Enota. Photo © Miran Kambič

Chapel in the village of Skorba, Enota. Photo © Miran Kambič

Chapel in the village of Skorba, Enota. Photo © Miran Kambič

Chapel in the village of Skorba, Enota. Photo © Miran Kambič

Chapel in the village of Skorba, Enota. Photo © Miran Kambič

Chapel in the village of Skorba, Enota. Photo © Miran Kambič

Chapel in the village of Skorba, Enota. Photo © Miran Kambič

The main feature of the project, of course, is that the chapel is open to the sky: a small visor is only in the altar part, and simple seats without backs are placed on an open concrete slope. It is solved as a public space and apart from the basic, prayerful function, it is designed to give the village a real, notable center, "gathering" a languid heterogeneous space. So this is a chapel square and it’s even difficult to say which function prevails – rather the actual topic of the public space.

The concrete base is built from the triangular base area because everything is cast from white concrete, the resemblance to the paper only intensifies – and underlined with clear stereometric hand-made, isolated from the grassy environment, acquiring the features of an abstract sculptural pedestal for another sculpture, in the altar. From the square-chapel in the village road leads a narrow concrete path.

Chapel in the village of Skorba, Enota. Photo © Miran Kambič

Chapel in the village of Skorba, Enota. Photo © Miran Kambič

Chapel in the village of Skorba, Enota. Photo © Miran Kambič

Chapel in the village of Skorba, Enota. Photo © Miran Kambič

Chapel in the village of Skorba, Enota. Photo © Miran Kambič

Chapel in the village of Skorba, Enota. Photo © Miran Kambič

Chapel in the village of Skorba, Enota. Photo © Miran Kambič

Chapel in the village of Skorba, Enota. Photo © Miran Kambič

Chapel in the village of Skorba, Enota. Photo © Miran Kambič

Chapel in the village of Skorba, Enota. Photo © Miran Kambič

Chapel in the village of Skorba, Enota. Photo © Miran Kambič

Chapel in the village of Skorba, Enota. Photo © Miran Kambič

Chapel in the village of Skorba, Enota. Photo © Miran Kambič

Chapel in the village of Skorba, Enota. Photo © Miran Kambič

Chapel in the village of Skorba, Enota. Photo © Miran Kambič

Chapel in the village of Skorba, Enota. Photo © Miran Kambič

Chapel in the village of Skorba, Enota. Photo © Miran Kambič

Chapel in the village of Skorba, Enota. Photo © Miran Kambič

Chapel in the village of Skorba, Enota. Photo © Miran Kambič

Chapel in the village of Skorba, Enota. Photo © Miran Kambič

Chapel in the village of Skorba, Enota. Photo © Miran Kambič

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