The Saint Benedict Chapel- Peter Zumthor


The Saint Benedict Chapel, located in the village of Sumvitg, Graubünden, was designed by Peter Zumthor in 1988. The modest, wooden exterior of the chapel shows the beauty and simplicity of Zumthor’s works, while the interior displays his amazing craftsmanship. The chapel was constructed in 1984 in a small village of Sumvitg because an avalanche destroyed the past chapel. The new chapel was built on the hillside by a forest which protects it from future avalanches.


Although Zumthor used modern materials and techniques for the chapel, it blends perfectly into the natural mountain.  For example, the chapel is constructed with wooden shingles and snips, similar to the local traditional houses and multitude of trees surrounding it. The natural wood and glass allows for a vibrant array of natural colors inside the chapel which create a reverent  feeling that the chapel was looking for.

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