Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Bruder Klaus | Peter Zumthor

A small concrete chapel on the edge of a field built by local farmers. It was cast in concrete around a cluster of 120 tree trunks, cut from a local forest, which were then slowly smoked away

. The meticulous arrangement of the trees into a tear or leaf shape created the oculus that provides the only light for the small dark space. The chapel was built to honor Nicholas von Flüe, the patron saint of Switzerland also known as Bruder Klaus, and contains his statue along with a single bench and some candles.

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