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Bartlett students build £19.5k ‘ghost chapel’

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Students from the Bartlett’s Unit 17 have built this chapel inspired by St MacDara’s Oratory in Connemara, Western Ireland


The 6th-century island chapel in Connemara was originally built as a shrine to St MacDara and locals would make a pilgrimage to the island every year on 17 July. But in recent years weather conditions have made the sea crossing impossible and the student project sought to create an alternative mainland structure.

The fourth year architecture students based their design for the £19,500 scheme on the chapel’s granite stones aiming to recreate the weathered mortar joints of the existing building from cast concrete.

The project will be completed on site in Ireland in July 2017.

Source: Bartlett Unit 17 video

Project data

Location Galway, Ireland
Type of project community project
Client Connemara Community & Boathouse Committee in Ard
Architect Unit 17 Year 4 Students
Structural engineer Tim Lucas at Price & Myers
Main contractor Pennine Stone and Unit 17 Year 4 Students
Funding Hubbub Crowdfunding, Pennine Stone, Joseph Waller Fabrications, Insley & Nash, Bartlett School of Architecture, Sakasawa Foundation
Tender date April 2016
Start on site date June 2016
Completion date July 2017 on site in Ireland
Total cost £19,500

Source: Bartlett Unit 17 video 2

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