Solar Chapel HoldenManz WineEstate, franschhoek, Cape Town. A project designed by Margot Krasojevic which utilizes the same solar panel technology used on the farm to clad a wedding chapel on the estate. The vertiginous mountains within the estate are reflected in the beton brut primary structure off which the solar panel and holographic filtered panels are suspended. The solar panel arrangement is similar to a butterfly’s wing as the angles are more exposed to the solar rays affording a more efficient configuration of panels. The chapel sits within the vineyard amongst the array of solar screens, with the help of the holographic panes it also concentrates and intensifies the solar energy which can be stored and accessed as and when required. The chapel is used for religious fellowship and is a free standing structure epitomising the duality of the monumental context and the process of wine making.

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