Chapel of Saint Peter, Campos do Jordão
Paulo Mendes da Rocha 

Chapel of Saint Peter, Campos do Jordão

Paulo Mendes da Rocha 


In the town of Campos do Jordão, the Chapel of Saint Peter sits by Boa Vista Palace, the former winter residence of the São Paulo State Government, which currently functions as a museum. Reinterpreting the adjoining position of the historic chapels, this small church goes up by a retaining wall on the southwest corner of the palace, to which it is linked through a tunnel that ends in the sacristy lobby.

Inside the chapel, the space is organized around a huge cylindrical column, which symbolizes Saint Peter’s role as foundation stone of Christianity. Taking this large pillar as central point of departure, three lightened slabs cantilever at different heights. From the entrance level, the central tray slopes to form a small grandstand, reserved for the congregation, which directs its views towards the region’s valley. The delicate vertical enclosure strikes a contrast with the massive core and establishes a continuous relationship between interior and exterior, bringing nature and landscape into the worship space. At ground level, a layer of water casts luminous reflections on the lower side of the concrete slabs, giving the complex a light appearance. 


Cliente Client

Governo do Estado de São Paulo

Arquitecto Architect

Paulo Mendes da Rocha

Colaboradores Collaborators

Alexandre Delijaicov, Carlos Dantas Dias, Eduardo Colonelli, Geni Sugai

Consultores Consultants

Siguer Mitsutani (estructura y cimentaciones structure and foundations); Julio Cerqueira César Neto (instalaciones eléctricas e hidráulicas electrical and water systems)

Contratista Contractor

Constructora Sorocaba Ltda.