Antonio de Padua de Chépica, Chile
Antonio de Chépica was founded in a town north of San Antonio in 1824. In
1875, the church was relocated and the new San Antonio de Chépica was
rebuilt in 1876. The structure suffered serious damage in the 1906
destruction marks a milestone on the timeline, where the existence becomes
memory. Memory defines awareness. Human personality is defined by memory.
Having no memory means the loss of awareness of the ‘self’. As memory
represents the view back into the past, it also stands for the current
state in the present, while looking into the future and building upon the
experience from before. One cannot recreate the past, unless –if it was
possible- to go back to a state, where you knew less than you do now, in
the presence time.
architecture be a witness of time; with memories that traces the past,
present and future? Could the consequences of these unexpected events be
an improvement to the way in which people live in future? Could knowledge
and recourses be shared so that affected villages, cities or counties are
revitalized through positive changes? After all, in the end always lies
the opportunity of a new beginning.
church connects the past with the future through faith and reflection,
symbolizing the new beginning through the end. With all major stages of a
lifetime (from baptism, marriage to funeral) being celebrated here, it is
a symbol of birth, change and end of materiality through time. With the
church being destructed itself, it becomes a metaphor for the end and the
a large room of 850 sqm is a small room of 350 sqm, quietly slotted in on
the first level, providing flexible rooms for smaller gatherings.
space is penetrated with subtle rays of natural daylight through all sides
of the facades, submerging in extreme tranquillity. The room is furnished
with rows of timber benches, orthogonally placed, silently gazing upon the
altar and the 7 meter high cross. The eastern wall is cladded with
recycled timber panels, documenting history and time. Structurally,
seismic resistant reinforced concrete construction is engineered to
provide thermal masses that keep the building cool in the summer and warm
in the winter by storing energy effectively.
finds in the reconstruction of San Antonio church, the opportunity to
demonstrate courage and strength after experiencing such devastating
natural catastrophe. The architecture becomes a visible expression of
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