In a pastoral field 20km south of Christchurch, nestled around farm out buildings sits quietly by the cattle gate a 4 x 2 Chapel.
The Chapel was sketched and built whilst staying on the farm. The process was the conviction that Architects should be in touch with the project and site, be able to build the object and get their hands dirty.
As the name suggests, the chapel is primarily constructed from 4 x 2 timber, an iconic base building product. The timber forms 2 slated and stacked walls around a black timber framed volume. The black frame takes on the outline of a building that doesn’t exist, representing an absence of built volume. It also reflects the surrounding structures that are found within the farmyard. The lighter timber framed volume takes on a crossed end elevation with a lone-cantilevered black steel pipe bell.
All photos are by Sam Hartnett