Architecture

Sogn Benedetg

Perched on a steep slope above the town of Sumvitg in Graubünden, Switzerland, Caplutta Sogn Benedetg or 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 ∞ or figure-eight curve. 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 dark textured bark of the shingles covering the exterior of the tower-like volume belies the interior—an immaculate retreat illuminated by a clerestory of high windows which bring an ethereal light to the small, but luminous space.