The San Bernardo Chapel is a small masterpiece. A sensitive dealing with the location, an imaginative engagement with the principle of church construction, an equally simple as well as diverse and impressive shape, and a concentrated reduction are combined to make this worship place extraordinary. The chapel is located in the Argentine Pampa, neither running water nor electricity is available at the site itself. Whereas the exterior of the building is bordered by straight surfaces, the interior is characterized by curved ones.
Published in Apartamento Magazine #20 . video: © bjarke ingels
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Built in the 13th century, the church of Vilanova de la Barca in the heart of Catalonia is mainly Romanesque, but pointed arches and the apse make the Gothic influences noticeable. During the Spanish civil war in 1936 the church was strongly damaged and for more than 80 years the walls lay waste. In 2009, it was decided to stop the decay and to conserve it in its current condition.
An interview with Stephen Bates at Conferencias Brancas, Porto