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Wooden Chapel by John Pawson
Alexander Zaxarov
May 7, 2020

John Pawson used 144 solid Douglas fir trunks for the building, which is an ultra-minimal take on the traditional place of worship – designed to look more like a stack of logs than a chapel.

Located on the outskirts of Unterliezheim, a bavarian village, the structure is intended to be encountered as a found object — rather than as a conventional work of architecture. The architecture is framed as the simplest of gestures,’ explains Pawson. ‘From certain perspectives its mass appears as a pile of logs stacked up to dry; from others the considered placement of the elements on a concrete plinth creates a more formal impression of a piece of sculpture emerging from the forest.’

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Alexander Zaxarov
May 7, 2020

John Pawson used 144 solid Douglas fir trunks for the building, which is an ultra-minimal take on the traditional place of worship – designed to look more like a stack of logs than a chapel.

Located on the outskirts of Unterliezheim, a bavarian village, the structure is intended to be encountered as a found object — rather than as a conventional work of architecture. The architecture is framed as the simplest of gestures,’ explains Pawson. ‘From certain perspectives its mass appears as a pile of logs stacked up to dry; from others the considered placement of the elements on a concrete plinth creates a more formal impression of a piece of sculpture emerging from the forest.’

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