Chapel Ste Rita

Joseph Faycal, Bekaa, 2007


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Chapel St Rita 

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  • Chapel St Rita    
  • Chapel St Rita sits on a raised stone platform    
  • Cedar partitions may be folded away beneath the cantilevered roof    
  • The chapel altar    
  • Detail of pew    
  • Image of Mary etched into glass panel. Overhead, a glazed cross integrates lighting    
  • Site plan    
  • Plans    
  • Section aa    
  • Section bb    
  • North-south elevation    
  • West elevation    
  • Working detail: Wall    
  • Working detail: Door    
  • Working detail: Pew    

Concrete chapel with cantilevered roof and folding cedar walls

The folding Western Red Cedar walls of this small Lebanese chapel can extend and contract to accommodate a fluctuating congregation. Folded away in the summer months, the seven-metre cantilevered roof shades visitors and allows services to be performed in the open air.

The floors are paved with Nero Assoluto Granite and interior furnishings, including the altar and pews, are made of Iroko Teak wood. The ceiling incorporates a sand blasted laminated glass cross with integrated lighting.


  • Begun: Apr 2007
  • Completed: Dec 2007
  • Floor area: 90m2
  • Total cost: £75,000
  • Procurement: Private client
  • Address: Sanctuary St. Mary, Village of Zahle, Bekaa, Lebanon

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