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Deeply Surreal Desert Chapel for Arizona’s Dutchman State Park

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An intriguing blend of opposites, hard glass planes and serenely curved white walls mark a proposed chapel design by Arizona-based Urban Playground for Dutchman State Park in Phoenix, Arizona.

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The church is a surreal structure set at the base of the appropriately named “Superstition Mountains” as if it has time-travelled right to the spot from a 1960s idea of the future.

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How this intriguing structure is manufactured is a mystery.

While the curves suggest adobe, they are far too sleek and perfect to be handmade.

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While lovely, the softness and perfection of this white material that curves up and around to a heavenly light source is incomprehensible.

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The unchallenged blandness of the palette reflects the stifling vegetation of its desolate surroundings.

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Sitting impassively in the hot and dry desert, removed from reality, this cool and detached church building has meeting places set about it.

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In a strange way, the mystical and surrealistic shape brings together the spiritual and the natural in the desert.

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The remoteness of the landscape provides an isolated environment perfect for contemplation and self-reflection.

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In the deepest heart of the structure, the chapel itself suggests the intimate meeting place for a secret sect, hunted and hiding in the bleak and lonely desert.

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