Dutch city Almere held a competition recently to develop architecture in and around the Weerwater lake that sits at the heart of the city. One of the winners, Rene van Zuuk, created a curvy little chapel that sits on the surface of the lake. Visitors can reach the small chapel via an extension, giving people a sense of peace and solitude in the middle of the water.
The chapel will be made out of foam cut with a CNC machine and then covered in zinc. Internally, the chapel will be lined in warm plywood. A petal-shaped opening allows light to fill the space.
“It is a place close to the city hall for the people of Almere to be able to get married but also close to the hospital where people can mourn. It is a location for the Christmas nativity scene in December, and a quiet place for reflection and small services throughout the rest of the year,” said Van Zuuk.
Four other individuals won the competition to build in Almere, and those designs will include gardens, a bridge and a community area. The plan is to bring people to the lake and improve the area, revitalizing a forgotten space. MVRDV has also presented plans to update the area.
Images via Rene van Zuuk