cyprus curved chapel

Without the little cross on top, you might never guess that this whimsical little building is actually a Greek Orthodox chapel. Located in Paphos, Cyprus, the chapel combines two styles typical of churches in this area.



Inland, churches usually features sloped roofs with double aisles. Nearer the coast, they tend to sport a single arched volume and a single aisle. The Apostle Peter and St. Helen the Martyr chapel, designed by architect Michail Georgiou, is a happy union of the traditional styles.



The result is anything but traditional. The bubbly form brings a sense of familiarity, as though the building is telling you that you’ll be among friends inside.



The materials Georgiou used in the construction of the wavy form have never been used on the island of Cyprus. They made for an extremely lightweight and inexpensive curved shell, while the steel frame and reinforced concrete walls make the building plenty strong.



The twin slopes separate the building’s interior functions. On the taller side, an expanse of glazing is partially hidden by vertical angled slats. The church’s bell sits in a cutout near the top of these slats. Inside, this space is used as the main hall with the sanctuary occupying the back. The shorter side houses the side aisle, connected to the main hall through a series of curved arches.