Highway Chapel, Uri
Guignard & Saner 

The creation of holy spaces forms part of the infrastructure planned from the very start for Switzerland's road network. Along the highway that crosses Europe from Hamburg to Rome, where it passes the canton of Uri, a plot of land situated between the Reuss River and a gas station was chosen as the site for the ecumenical chapel. Following in the strategy of billboards associated with rapid passing traffic, the building positions its longitudinal axis perpendicular to the road, leaving an access courtyard behind, the surrounding wall of which blends into the cubic volume of the chapel. On this blind plinth rises a concrete structure with double-pane windows that are filled with recycled broken glass. An iridescent light bathes the interior by day, and at night the chapel becomes a luminous landmark for travelers...