Lux Aeterna Holy Cross Chapel is the brainchild of the OPA, an architectural, industrial and graphic design office in the Netherlands and in Greece
The chapel of The Holy Cross is a timeless religious building, designed by Dutch practice Open Platform for Architecture (OPA). The chapel is the third building of the firm’s Terra Mater trilogy of underground buildings. Proposed for the island of Serifos, it possesses a single cliff façade that faces the Aegean sea.
The design of the chapel Lux Aeterna Holy Cross is conceived as the bridge between the past, the present and the future. Constructed with materials such as wood, glass and concrete, it features the serene view and allows for the game of light and shadow to be the center of the attention. The front profile of the church takes the shape of a cross, which creates the space, organized in three levels. The idea of integrating this religious symbol in church architecture is not new, yet never before has it been realised in a vertical orientation.
The Lux Aeterna benefits from the thermal insulation of the surrounding ground to achieve a temperature stable environment. The optical impact of the building on the landscape is minimal, with only one façade on the cliff side and the integrated bell-tower extruding from the ground level. At nighttime, the illuminated chapel is visible from a distance.
The spacious interior of the church is pure and humble allowing for peaceful prayer. The Holy table and the auditorium, which is comprised of concrete benches finished with warm wood, are complementary to the simplicity of materials and design.
The iconography decorating the walls of the building is literally ground-breaking, as it is three dimensional and cast in the concrete body of the chapel. There is a second concrete staircase which leads straight to the bottom level of the auditorium, where one can find the sanctuary and a storage room on the left side of the sanctuary where the Evangelion and the Holy Grail can be stored .
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