Sparano + Mooney creates sculptural Catholic chapel for Utah mining town - architecture and design

Sparano + Mooney creates sculptural Catholic chapel for Utah mining town

Sparano + Mooney Architecture has created a distinctive chapel in the American West that features copper siding, wooden walls and a large skylight that ushers in natural light.

The Chapel of the Mines is located in a working class neighbourhood in West Jordan, a suburb of Salt Lake City, Utah. Used for daily worship, the chapel forms part of a new campus for the Saint Joseph the Worker Catholic Church.
The church is near the Bingham Canyon Copper Mine, a primary employer in the area and one of the world's largest open pit mines. The campus replaces a modest church dating to the 1960s.

"Named for the patron saint of labourers, this parish church has a rich history and cultural lineage rooted in the practises of construction trades and craftspeople," said local studio Sparano + Mooney Architecture in a project description. "Drawing from this lineage, a palette of materials was selected to express the transformation of the raw material by the worker, revealing the craft and method of construction."

Encompassing 470 square feet (44 square metres), the chapel is positioned along a curved plaza lined with concrete benches. The small building has a sculptural form, with the rear portion stretching toward the sky.

Facades are wrapped in custom, flat-lock copper panels that were supplied by a local fabricator. A wooden door set within a concrete box leads into the prayer space.

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29-11-2019 21:50 - ( Architecture )