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The Tree of Life Chapel is a Serene Marvel

 - Oct 27, 2011
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A place of simplistic beauty and serenity, the Tree of Life Chapel in Braga, Portugal, is a minimalist, curving masterpiece.

Built within the pre-exisiting St. James Seminary, the chapel was designed to exude a feeling of intimacy and retreat. Made using over 20tons of raw unadorned wood, the chapel is free of a single nail or screw. Crafted using the best in Europe, the chapel project was directed by Cerejeira Fontes Architects, and carries the handiwork of sculptor Manuel Rosa, painter Ilda David, organ builder Pedro Guimaraes and civil engineer Joaquim Caravalho.

The Tree of Life Chapel is equipped with an open ceiling allowing natural light to play along the honey-tone stacked structure. The chapel seems to breath and change as the sun dips lower and lower in the sky. The sinuous wooden walls also act as bookshelves, and the curved hallway leading towards the exit provides a subtle connection to the outside world further illustrating the enclosure's sanctuary-like setting.

Breathtakingly gorgeous and intoxicatingly Serene, the Tree of Life Chapel is a stunning example of the power of simple detailing.

Pictures taken by Nelson Garrido, whose website can be found here.