The Miami Chapel, a Catholic Church devoted to the Mexican Virgin Our Lady of Guadalupe, derives its corrugated form from the pleats of Our Lady of Guadalupe’s cloth. The architecture is the work of FREE, a firm based out of both New York City and Mexico City.
Inside, all 27 Latin American Virgins are accommodated in 27 small sanctuaries along the walls. The spire is a vertical extrusion that is topped with a skylight. This filters natural light – in the outline shape of Our Lady of Guadalupe – into the congregation space. The church’s distinctive shape serves as an acoustic filter, dramatizes the feeling of worship, and outlines its identity in metropolitan Miami, Florida.