FREE: miami chapel, florida
‘miami chapel’ by FREE, miami, florida, USA
all images courtesy of FREE
mexico city and new york city-based practice FREE have won a competition to design and execute the ‘miami chapel’ for the
catholic community in miami, florida. devoted to the mexican virgin our lady of guadalupe, the practice chose to represent
all of the virgins of the latin american cultures. wrapped around the main figure, 27 small sanctuaries are placed at the perimeter
of the circular congregation. a corrugated roof covers each of the spaces and come together to join at a pinnacle skylight imprinted with
an image of the lady of guadalupe. the building’s exterior form is defined by the downward draping which resembles her pleated cloth.
the tall structure stands out from its context. the funneled form adds acoustical benefits, dramatizing the ecumenical atmosphere.
additional functions include an ambulatory, confessionals and community service are within the basement level. in the back,
reserved areas for priests and personnel for sacristy, preparation and changing rooms, offices, small library and working spaces.
(left) pedestrian and bicycle circulation scheme
(right) car circulation scheme
(left) conceptual axonometric
(right) exploded axonometric
stack ventilation scheme