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Andrew MacNair’s Egg Chapel Was Handrafted by Shipbuilders and Assembled by a Local Family in South Korea

Posted By Lidija Grozdanic On October 8, 2012 @ 11:40 am In Architecture,biomimicry,carousel showcase,Design,Gallery,Green Building | 1 Comment

Andrew MacNair, Egg Chapel, South Korean architecture, shipbuilding techniques, religious architecture, wood architecture, prefab architecture, green prefab building [1]

The wood parts were handcrafted by boat builders in Rhode Island and New York, and then shipped in 12 vertical sections to Inchon in South Korea. The Chapel is 30 feet high, 14 feet wide at the floor and 22 feet wide at its maximum girth. It is built on top of a concrete crypt — a structural foundation and underground quiet room. Supporting the base ring are 6 round concrete columns, which help anchor the wood chapel [2] to the ground.

Situated high in the mountains of Yangpyeong County, the chapel [3] entrance faces south so that direct afternoon sunlight can illuminate [4] the structure’s center and bathe the altar in daylight. The position of the openings and the sheltering cylindrical shape [5] reinforce the spiritual experience of the space. The intimate atmosphere is enriched by spiritual symbolism within the architectural design itself; the egg as the “seed of life“, a symbol of birth and rebirth which transforms the an apparently lifeless object out of which comes life.

+ Andrew MacNair [6]

Via ARCH20 [7]

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[1] Image: http://inhabitat.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2012/10/Egg-Chapel-Andrew-MacNair-4.jpg

[2] wood chapel: http://inhabitat.com/finlands-lilja-chapel-provides-a-prefab-refuge-for-those-seeking-peace/

[3] chapel: http://inhabitat.com/tag/chapel

[4] sunlight can illuminate: http://inhabitat.com/daylighting

[5] cylindrical shape: http://inhabitat.com/cylindrical-casa-pi-by-sde-2012-team-zaragoza-produces-twice-as-much-energy-as-it-uses/

[6] + Andrew MacNair: http://www.andrewmacnairarchitect.com/

[7] ARCH20: http://www.arch2o.com/egg-chaple-andrew-macnair-arch2o/#.UHH8ik3MiSp

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