A Chapel For New Mexico was designed by Michael Jantzen as a nondenominational place where people of any faith or spiritual philosophy could gather together in small numbers in New Mexico, for special ceremonies. The structure would be located near Santa Fe in New Mexico, USA where a large number of people are immersed in a wide variety of spiritual endeavors.
The aesthetic and functional design of the structure was inspired by the mountainous landscape of New Mexico, and by the symbolism inherent in the ways in which the chapel is to be used. The painted steel, glass, and concrete structure consists of four large multilayered facades, each facing in a different direction, and reaching into the sky. This configuration is symbolically referring to chapel’s openness to all who will hopefully be inspired by its uplifting geometry. These facades are connected to the centre glass enclosed meeting space, with four large doors located at the centre of each of the glass walls. A large skylight is located at the centre of the roof of the enclosed space, with a circular chandelier hung below it.
Attached to the floor of the chapel are eight benches that can accommodate up to 30 people. An elevated circular platform is located at the centre, which is used by a minister, priest, rabbi, or any other inspirational speaker.
The designer of the Chapel For New Mexico hopes that its design will help to promote the idea of multiculturalism, inclusiveness, and tolerance.