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Chapel in the surrounding area of the children oncology unit Hope, Athens, Greece


The chapel is a functional addition to the building to fulfil the need of parents and children to pray as they find themselves in a psychologically sensitive condition. It is founded in the North-East section of the building in its wider surroundings and is formed as a clear geometric form of a rectangular solid following the typology of a domed basilica implemented in traditional small churches. The solid is slightly rotated in relation to the basic axes of the existing building to have the appropriate alignment on the East-West axis. The simple, austere architectural expression of the chapel expresses the modesty and sternness which befits a space of prayer and piety. In contrast with the exterior, the interior of the temple is granted a more mystical, spiritual feel, their common element being the intrusion of light. The positions of the images on the side walls are defined by the chapel�s typical program of iconography. Specifically, small niches are created which, as they are projected on a sloped level, leave openings through the roof so the images are lit by natural light from above. The openings on the dome�s drum are a similar gesture. The openings are placed in such a way as to create an image of the Pantokrator �floating� with a filter of light in-between. Similarly, the light in the altar by transforming the niche of the altar as a recess of the wall and simultaneously a deviation from the vertical as a motion of inviting grace through natural light. In the entrance fa�ade the sign of the cross creates an imprint of light on the wall as it marks the point of entry to the church. A similar imprint is created in the altar�s wall as a place of sanctity and consecration.
Collaborators: G. Zoi / V. Tsironis


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