Architekt DI Hannes Sampl
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Kendlbruck / Austria
Albrecht Imanuel Schnabel
The mountain chapel is a place of worship, a realm of contemplation and introspection. At the request of the owner, the chapel was laid out for a simple liturgical programme, but it is not a consecrated house of worship room in the strict sense. Instead, it is a place to pause, free of functional and liturgical constraints, a place that allows for many things. Overused symbols that are rarely questioned and well-intentioned gestures are taken into consideration here and adjusted from the point of view of cultural aesthetics. The built space is to be interpreted as a picture and not a container to be at best filled or decorated. The «pure space», the deliberate emptiness, arouses suspense and expectation as an optical counterpart to acoustic silence.
»The project superbly demonstrates the technical advances made in historical log construction. Handcrafted wood joints are impressively combined with a high level of technical expertise and an aesthetic standard appropriate to the task and the location. A simple brief with lyrical results.«
(Statement of the Jury)
The chapel’s appearance is dictated by a simple rectangular floor plan with a steep gabled roof. Walls, floor and the roof structure are made from traditionally indented wood profiles «knitted» into a log house without the use of additional fasteners. The cross-section of one of these profiles determines the dimensions and proportions of the chapel, which correspond to the golden section. Offset gable walls, in other words the gable triangles with their horizontal slats, mediate between exterior and interior. They let light into the self-contained interior while also serving as a filter and weather protection. In accordance with traditional building methods, all material comes from the immediate area and the building thus transforms the setting itself.
Hannes Sampl (* 1985) studied interior/furniture design at the HTL Hallstatt and subsequently architecture at the FH Kärnten. This was followed by the postgraduate study «überholz» for timber culture at the Art University Linz. He worked for various architectural firms, among others for Architektur Atelier Walter Unterrainer, Strobl Architekten und LP Architektur. Since 2018 he has his own architecture office in Salzburg.