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Miami Chapel by Fernando Romero [FR-EE]

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Miami Chapel in Florida by Fernando Romero Enterprise [FR-EE]

Fernando Romero won the 1st. prize, a pleated-textile cloak for holy-demotic figure of the Lady of Guadalupe. Designing of Miami Chapel Catholic community presuppose to realize the identity of multicultural devoted groups and efficiency for implementing it as a delegate chapel.

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The Corporation invited to design a Chapel devoted to the Mexican Virgin, Our Lady of Guadalupe. FR-EE chose to merge in other Latin American cultures as well, by representing all 27 Latin American Virgins.

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The 27 Virgins placed around Our Lady of Guadalupe’s figure within a crispy framing , creating 27 small sanctuaries, each one containing a monument of the 27 Latin-American Virgins. In a single mime, the extrusion of this floor plan results in an organic, crispy form; resembling the pleats of Our Lady of Guadalupe’s cloak.

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The main entrance of Miami Chapel distributes to the main congregation space, ambulatory, confessionals and community service area in the level below.

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At the rear, a reserved area contains the sacristy, preparation and changing rooms, offices, small library and working spaces for the priest and personnel.

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The iconic shape performs an acoustic filter and dramatizes the ecumenical atmosphere, outlining its identity in the metropolitan area of Miami.

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The structure of the Chapel stands out of its context, and twisting towards the corner over the altar.

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A skylight at the top filters natural light into the holy space, projecting the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe in the presbytery, in such a way  to “stress the connection with the sky” and “represent the contrast between earth and heaven”. 

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Project info:

Project Name: Miami Chapel
Project Location: Miami, Florida
Architect: Fernando Romero Enterprise [FR-EE]
Competition: 1st. Prize
Program: Cultural
Area: 3500 SQ.M.
Date: 2012-2013
Collaborators: None
Status: Ongoing

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