Chapel of mercy

The time has come for the Church to take up the joyful call to mercy once more. (Pope Francis)

During the Jubilee Year of Mercy, the faithful are invited to make a pilgrimage to particular shrines around the world, many of them hosting a Holy Door.

In London, the Cardinal has designated a number of parishes where indulgence may be gained by passing through the Holy Door. My project intends to use this opportunity to create a pilgrim chapel which would travel throughout the year to highlight the London churches designated with a Holy Door.

London holy doors mapLondon churches with a Holy Door

Not only will this chapel be a place of prayer, it will also be a space for reconciliation. When the Missionaries of Mercy will be sent out during the season of Lent to the Diocese of Westminster, the chapel could be used for confession.

The chapel is meant to have a strong relationship with the door of the church by resembling the geometry of the rose windows usually found above the entrance to a sacred place. The configuration with eight petals was chosen for its pleasing symmetry, and because of the geometry it creates when tessellated: a Greek cross.

2.jpg‘Rose’ configurations

The canopy is formed by two layers of expandable geometries to give added rigidity and privacy. The two layers are spaced apart by metal rods fixed key nodes of the two layers.

The canopy is fixed to the rectangular base by metal bolts, at the four corners. Also attached to the base are the two confessionals, the kneeler and the cross, symbol of mercy and forgiveness.

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The Pilgrim Chapel is intended to be a space of light, peace and reconciliation, where visitors of all faiths and none can experience tranquillity. Light plays an important role in the experience of the chapel as it creates intricate shadow patterns.

Chapel eye levelChapel interior

Here is a short video showing the design development process:

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