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Ingá-Mirim Chapel by messina | rivas

Ingá-Mirim Chapel by messina | rivas

The Ingá-Mirim Chapel by messina | rivas is on a 19th-century estate in the outskirts of the city of  Itupeva, Brazil, eighty kilometers from São Paulo. The architects were asked to renovate the former colonial estate to create an environment that responds to local and religious celebrations. 

Ph. Federico Cairoli 

The architects see the idea of the architectural reform as an opportunity to reinterpret pre-existing construction, enabling new relationships between the project and the landscape. Therefore, as an act of reflection, they decided to disarm the materials of the old colonial estate in order to reuse them and allow for new conditions to emerge. 

The construction was carried out in collaboration with the farm caretakers, brothers Carlos and Charles, who previously worked in construction and now do local preservation work. With them, the architects experimented with how they could reuse the materials of old local buildings. The construction process followed the schedule of the daily activities such as mowing, releasing horses, or feeding cattle. 

Using the foundation of the pre-existing construction, the project is based on three stone walls used in the old road that allowed access to the farm. Between these three walls, the unarmed bricks of the estate define a path that leads through spaces that seek continuity between construction and landscape, thus suggesting an open religious enjoyment. 

Ph. Federico Cairoli 

DATE: 2018 / LOCATION: Itupeva, Brazil / AREA: 370 m2 (built) / PROGRAM: Chapel  / STATUS: Built / DESIGN: messina | rivas / TEAM: Francisco Rivas, Rodrigo Messina, Guadalupe Sappia / COLLABORATORS: Ana Luz Sosa / CONSULTANTS: Carlos Alexandre Xavier, Charles Xavier (civic team), Andre Paolielo, Paula Paolielo (landscape) / PHOTOS: Federico Cairoli (Courtesy of messina | rivas

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