Chapel in Tarnów, Poland, by Beton Architects

Chapel in Tarnow / Beton, Poland

This chapel in Tarnów, Poland, is by Marta Rowińska & Lech Rowiński of the firm Beton (photos by Beton) and was completed in 2009. Being a completely non-religious non-churchgoer who really dislikes all the tortured religious iconography and narrative (and could do without the cross), I don’t know why I’m so attracted to all these humble churches (see also here and here) but I think it’s a relief to see a building whose utility is somewhat non-utilitarian and undefinable. There is  something surrealist or fantastical about them. Like so many wooden churches, this one feels like an inexplicaply inverted wooden ship. Fantasy aside, the design of this church grew out of very practical, material concerns, both regarding its purpose and the process of its construction: Via archdaily:

“Building the church had also a “side” purpose: to bring the local community together. It was built by not very skilled workers, so the technology had to be really simple. Concrete slab as a foundation, timber structure as the main “spine” of the building and the wooden cladding. There is almost no detail, no fancy elements. This is also a kind of experiment – how to create a certain quality of space with the use of rudimentary technical simplicity. The investor, who is a quite well-known Polish writer, decided to save this small bit of the Vistula bank from becoming an another wild beach with a cheap bar on the side.”

Beton Church

Chapel in Tarnow / Beton, Poland

Chapel in Tarnow / Beton, Poland

Chapel in Tarnow / Beton, Poland

Chapel in Tarnow / Beton, Poland

Chapel in Tarnow / Beton, Poland

Chapel in Tarnow / Beton, Poland

Chapel in Tarnow / Beton, Poland

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  2. Richard Roberts Says:

    I think that it is a very nice chapel, from that pictures its not finished, but i think that it will be a great place someday soon.

  3. Savitha Hira Says:

    Would like to get in touch with Beton architects. Their website has no contact details in english. please help.

  4. LB Says:

    Just played around on their website for a while, and found their email address as well as Warsaw mailing address.
    Go to http://www.beton-on.com/
    and hit the arrow at the bottom right. You’ll see an email address there (which I won’t print here or they’ll be spammed).
    The homepage indicates there will be an English language version of the site soon.

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