The Chapel is located on the Doxa Deo Campus in Brooklyn, Pretoria. In an urban fabric, situated between a leafy low-rise residential suburb and high-rise apartment buildings, a small pristine white chapel was created as a simplified multifunctional sanctuary.

Site & Context.

A space that reinvents and complements the need to escape to solitude in prayer and meditation. It is by no means a prophecy of the church of the future. The concept of minimalism emphasizes the essence of the space, the simple yet significant genus loci paying homage to early Christian buildings. The sensory experience of a contemporary space, rather than focusing on materiality.


 The form of the building footprint was dictated by the narrow available space between the single-story admin building and the processional entrance next to the main church building. In response to the site, the shape on the plan was initially sketched as the sacred number seven and the mirrored representation thereof. This shape was then extrapolated into a curved fold, creating two points: a beginning/Alpha (entrance) and an end/Omega (at the cross behind the altar).

Symbolic elements

Symbolic elements and materials such as light, water, timber, and white were introduced. Even though subtle reference is made to Christianity, these references to symbols are subjective to interpretation, allowing the space to be revealed to the visitor and to speak for itself. A large existing Leopard tree stretches over the entrance courtyard, which evolves into a new olive tree landscape that was created as an intimate urban space. The Olive Garden is an extension of the sanctuary that the Chapel provides.