OHEL CHAPEL – NORTHERN SYDNEY
March 9, 2012
Designing the ‘Ohel Chapel’ (Jewish Funeral Chapel) for the Sydney Chevra Kadisha would be a daunting – but immensely rewarding – task, for any architect.
History shows us that these kind of projects are often the most memorable an architect can produce – and are often career defining. We’re thinking here of Le Corbusier’s Notre Dame du Haut in Ronchamp, France; Tadao Ando’s iconic Church of Light; Mario Botta’s churches in Ticino, Zumpthor’s Chapel in Germany… and so on: Renzo Piano, Alvar Alto, Utzon, Alvaro Siza… all, no matter what their own belief, have created spectacular structures to a faith.
The concept of death may be daunting for many, however it one of life’s absolute realities. And the mourner’s experience of dealing with this process can be vastly nourished by an architecture that embodies the meaning and symbolism of the ritual.
We are deeply honored to have been chosen among the few to do this project.