Holy Spirits: Estudio ALA Designs a Brick and Sandstone Chapel for a Mexican Tequila Factory

Guadalajara-based architecture studio Estudio ALA has constructed a chapel situated in a tequila factory in Mexico’s northeast state of Jalisco. Utilizing local materials such as uncooked brick, pink sandstone and terra-cotta tiles, the building design deeply connects to its environment and to the region’s vernacular traditions. The design for the chapel was inspired by Jalisco’s strong religious roots and the communal culture surrounding religious worship and celebration. The chapel is devised of minimal, regular forms, with its programmatic spaces mixing seamlessly between indoor and outdoor. The simplicity of the design heightens the visitor’s awareness of the surrounding lake and agave fields. “We intended to create a sensory interaction between spaces, dissolving the edges between the interior and exterior, protected and connected to nature,” say the architects. Read more from Estudio ALA about the inspiration behind the Centinela Chapel: “The Chapel is found inside a tequila factory, located in the northeast of the state of Jalisco — known to be one of the most religious areas in the country and one with the most outstanding contemporary Mexican culture. This spiritual and social space is a reinterpretation of the mixed use spaces that exist ...
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