Sogn Benedetg

Perched on a steep slope above the town of Sumvitg in Graubünden, Switzerland, Caplutta Sogn Benedetg (Saint Benedict Chapel) was constructed by Peter Zumthor in 1988. The chapel takes the form of a lemniscate, from the latin word "lēmniscātus" for “ribbons”, more commonly known as the infinity symbol ∞ . The geometry also resembles a perfect tear drop or leaf shape, with the altar at the center node of the rounded curve and the entrance at the pointed rear. The rough dark cedar shingles covering the exterior of the tower-like volume obscures a polished interior—a luminous wood retreat illuminated in ethereal light from a continuous clerestory of high windows .