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La Escondida Chapel

The chapel at the Villas La Escondida hotel complex in Chiapas accommodates two distinct needs by providing an intimate enclosed space for wedding ceremonies and creating a sense of wonder in the divine. It forges a connection to its bucolic surroundings via an open, free-flowing design that seems to hover above a marble-clad pedestal. The modified A-frame draws the eye toward the altar, then upward to the sky through a flat roof composed of glass panels; delivering ample shade and airflow, this distinct architecture also offers protection from the elements — an important consideration in Chiapas’s hot, arid climate.

La Escondida Chapel

Team: Luis Armando Gómez Solorzano and Walter Flores; with Interceramic; Alfonso Cháirez; ALZ Concretos; Xóchitl Abigaíl López Trujillo; Carlos Berdejo Mandujano; and Lázaro Zárate Pozo

People’s Choice: Buildings Under 1,000SqM
La Escondida Chapel

The modified A-frame draws the eye toward the altar, then upward to the sky through a flat roof composed of glass panels.

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