Rusina Frei
architects

Rusina Frei
architects

Chapel in Ležáky

Team: Martin Rusina
CG: Linda Kolomazníková
Location: Ležáky, Czech Republic
Client: Ležáky memorial
Area: 25 m2
Budget: 1 mil. CZK
Competition design: 2011

Chapel in Ležáky

Team: Martin Rusina
CG: Linda Kolomazníková
Location: Ležáky, Czech Republic
Client: Ležáky memorial
Area: 25 m2
Budget: 1 mil. CZK
Competition design: 2011

The chapel is to be one of the objects that are incorporated into the landscape image of the Ležáky memorial, defined just after World War II by Ladislav Žák. It has radiance and unconceivable monumentality. The shape of the chapel takes over the archetype of a Czech rural church with a sloping roof, a rectangular ground plan and a vaulted ceiling. In the form of a cross window, one of the central architectural motifs of the Ležák Memorial – the omitted cross is being developed. The cross not only connects the chapel with other objects of the monument, but also impresses the chapel with its own identity: the outside is a clue to it, inside it is a source of light and an imaginary sight to another world.
The interior of the chapel features a chamber space protected from bad weather. Visitors to the memorial will find a quiet place for a quiet memory and contemplation. Under the chapel floor are placed urns victims of the tragedy of Ležáky, and the building therefore serves as a sort of reliquary. The services of the ceremonial gatherings take place in front of the chapel. For the supporting walls of the chapel local granite stone is used. The stone symbolizes the tragic fate of the inhabitants of Ležáky (who had been killed by the Nazis), for which the local quarries were both the place of livelihood and suffering. The inside of the chapel is embossed with wood, symbolizing an ever-renewing life. Metal accessories – altar, door fittings and light-guide – are made of bronze. This durable metal, formed by the rebuilding of the rock, is a symbol of the resurrection.