Or... more accurately, Xavier Vilalta discusses Ebenezer Chapel as a massive project that addresses innovation, permanence, faith, and creating a time capsule out of many tons of granite. What do structures from our past tell people thousands of years from us in the future? What will Ebenezer Chapel as an architectural marvel say to visitors long after we are gone?
Speaking from Rome, Vilalta digs deep into how architecture from our ancestors teaches us about technology while telling our stories. This is the goal of building an underground chapel in Raleigh, NC and why an architect from Barcelona wants to be a part of it.
“This Chapel will tell people how we were living in the beginning of the 21st. century, what we believed and how we were able to build such a space. I am inspired by this concept, by nature, my spirituality and my passion for architecture.”
Various institutions worldwide have recognized Xavier’s innovations in architecture and among his awards is the Young Architect of the Year at the LEAF Awards in 2008. In 2011, he became a Fellow of TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design), becoming the first Spaniard to receive this award and to be a lecturer at the annual conference in California.
He has been invited to lecture at events such as TED Global in Scotland, Fundação Galouste Gulbenkian in Portugal, and Commercial Real Estate Week in Kazakhstan. He has also collaborated with global brands such as Porsche Automobil and Oliberte Footwear as a keynote speaker and brand ambassador.
For the Ebenezer Chapel project, Xavier was an obvious choice as Lead Architect. He has brought together a pre-eminent team and will coordinate with each of the members so that the project is cohesive and moves forward strategically and tactically. His office is across the street from Gaudi's Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, so he has daily access to inspiration.
“With this project, we hope to build a community space, integrated with nature. We will use cutting edge technology to make the space but then it will be self-sufficient and free from technology altogether. ”