Bunker Arquitectura is a Mexico City-based architecture, urbanism and research office founded by Esteban Suarez in 2005. Since the beginning “the studio has been able to explore and experiment architecture on the widest possible scale: from small iconic chapels for private clients to an urban master plan for an entire city. Bunker ultimately believes in giving unique and outside the box solutions to specific problems, leaving behind the quest for a personal style or branded architecture.”

Completed in 2011, Sunset Chapel was their second religious commission: the first was a wedding chapel conceived for happy celebrations while this one had a diametrically opposite purpose, to mourn the passing of loved ones. To give this feeling the studio decided to create tension through the design: Glass vs. Concrete, Transparency vs. Solidity, Ethereal vs. Heavy, Classical Proportions vs. Apparent Chaos, Vulnerable vs. Indestructible, Ephemeral vs. Lasting. Located on Acapulcos hill, the structure is made up of huge granite rocks piled on top of each other.

“In a purely mimetic endeavor, we worked hard to make the chapel look like just another colossal boulder atop the mountain.”


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