Project Name: Sliding Chapel.
Architect: Kieran Donnellan / MEDS 2018.
Completed: August, 2018
Project Location: Byblos Castle, Byblos, Lebannon.
Photographers: Conor De Burca and Kieran Donnellan.
The chapel is an elegant slender form that appears to be sliding down a hillside. The energy of this apparent movement informs the materiality of the heavily charred exterior skin. The chapel’s function is to act as a non-denominational space for reflection. Upon entering the pavilion, visitors are offered a place to sit, where they are rewarded with a stunning sea-view. All of the wood used in the chapel is up-cycled. Most of it was in the form of shipping boxes that were dismantled. The burning technique used was the traditional Japanese shou-sugi-ban technique of tying three boards into a chimney and setting a fire at the base. It was built as part of the international design festival, MEDS, which took place outside of Europe for the first time this year.
Pavilion Architect: Kieran Donnellan.
MEDS Workshop Co-Ordinator: Samer Hayek.
– Alberto Ibanes,
– Amber Goveas,
– Cynthia Antablian,
– Faustus Lasys,
– Gregorio Tomasillo,
– Hadir Hanna Mahmoud,
– Hassan Debes,
– Ioanna Maria Vemou,
– Magdalena Storozenko,
– Matthias Brenner,
– Rabia Hant,
– Roisin Leavey,
– Shpat Ademaj,
– Shqiprron Jusufi.
Office Website: http://kierandonnellan.blogspot.com/
The Sliding Chapel was part-sponsored by Clare County Council.