e|348 arquitectura: capela de Santa Maria da Feira
This is a lovely little chapel, built in a triangular plaza where three roads meet in Santa Maria da Feira, Portugal. Here is a case where there is a dramatic photograph, and as it is unlikely we will ever see this chapel, could be simply dramatic photography, but no, it is actually a shapely little building by e|348.
This project comes, as usual with all the Portuguese projects I show here, from FG+SG, Fernando Guerro architectural photographer, who regularly sends photographic portfolios of new Portuguese architecture. While there is coverage of Alvaro Siza and Gonçalo Byrne, there are also very small projects from young firms.
And, thinking of issues of national identity, there is a real love of bleached wood floors and white plastered walls, and a minimalism that for a while I thought came from the photographer, but must come from a common sensibility where buildings – chapels, cottages, schools – are minimal containers for a rich life built by the inhabitants.
Ferando Guerro documents the material fabric of each project. e|348 photographed the chapel in use. We need both.