Quick, get inside the egg and pray! A look at the Cappella Ovi Egg Chapel

Andrew MacNair Egg Chapel Cappella Ovi

Andrew MacNair Egg Chapel Cappella Ovi

Andrew MacNair Egg Chapel Cappella Ovi

I thought we could continue having fun with shapes from nature (yesterday, we saw a mountain of books) with this egg-shaped chapel made in the States but then shipped to live in South Korea. The chapel was designed by Andrew MacNair, but to realize his design for Cappella Ovi the architect enlisted the help of a Rhode Island shipbuilder to tackle the compound curves of the small structure. (It seems like MacNair occasionally updates this blog about the chapel’s progress.) There’s even a video of the shipbuilder talking about the construction of the chapel walls, and in the same video, pieces of the unbuilt egg are blessed by a member of the clergy.

There’s something simultaneously simple but strange about this project. And yet it’s not really a simple project at all– it’s a forty foot tall egg built by people who usually build fancy boats. But the shape seems primal, which is likely why it was chosen for this project. And a lot will go on inside this egg. This chapel will be a place of baptisms and weddings; of beginnings. But the chapel will also be a place of endings, with its south-facing entrance and subterranean crypt. I’m looking forward to seeing images of the finished project.

Alex Dent

October 10, 2012 / By

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