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Bosjes Chapel Wins International Award

Located in Worcester, the angelic and renowned Bosjes Chapel has been recognised on Architizer's premier A+Awards for 2019, the largest awards of its kind.

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Bosjes Chapel, designed by South African-born architect Coetzee Steyn of London's Steyn Studios, has been named Popular Choice Winner in the Religious Buildings & Memorials category of the 2019 Architizer A+Awards. As the largest awads programme celebrating architecture and building products from around the world, we're chuffed to have one of these esteemed winners chosen from our country. 

With a range of categories, the annual Architizer A+Awards encourage architecture firms to submit their designs into the competition for consideration. In its rigorous judging system, contestants have the opportunity to be awarded as a Jury Winner or a Popular Choice Winner in their chosen category. Over 500 industry leaders act as judges, including experts such as Steven Holl and Sou Fujumoto. 

Bosjes was also awarded Honoree status, bestowed on a small group of key influencers and projects. Other Honorees this year include Coal Drops Yard by Heatherwick Studio and Arc by Koichi Takada Architects. These Honorees are chosen for their contribution to the field of architecture and the catehory showcases projects making a meaningful impact on society. 

Steyn says, 'From my very frist meeting with the client, I knew something truly special was going to happen, and it did. It is a great honour to be included amongst some of the world's best architrecture; and, being rooted in the platteland myself, also very humbling, especially because of the support and recognition the Bosjes Chapel has received.' 

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Bosjes Chapel photographed by Adam Letch 

 

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Inspired by the Bible's Psalm 36:7, Bosjes Chapel is designed to appear as if gliding on water. The intriguing curvature of the chapel can be compared to that of an angel with wings, its design being a big drawcard to the area near Worcester.

Located in the mountainous area of the Breede Valley, in an area aptly named Little Switzerland, the chapel was constructed to represent an open space that welcomes nature indoors.

The glass panes allow for an abundance of natural light to flow through the structure, which is often used for weddings and events. Although inspiration for the building was drawn from the historic Moravian Missionary stations, the chapel offers a unique take on this and, despite being inward-looking and spiritually reflective, its 'open' space invites one in and expands its intimacy to the valley and mountains beyond, raising the awareness of the immediate surroundings.

 
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Bosjes Chapel has won multiple awards since its creation in 2016, including  being named a finalist in the 2018 Archdaily building awards in the category of Relgious Buildings, along with Archilovers Best Project in 2016.

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