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Perched atop a grassy knoll, the Capilla Cardedeu chapel features a minimalist, demure design so as not to detract from the surrounding landscape. The wedge-shaped chapel is open on both sides, with the smaller opening serving as the entrance. The concrete structure is raised off the ground, with one sharp corner partially projected over the edge.

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Inside, rows of simple wooden pews face a concrete lectern and the spectacular lakeside view beyond. The structure is supported internally by intersecting I-beams that form the shape of a cross, located off-center on the right of the lectern. The striations created by the wooden formwork were purposefully left exposed on the concrete shell for an interesting textured effect.

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