Abbey: A contemporary chapel to re-appeal to the masses


Posted on: September 17th, 2021

Abbey: A contemporary chapel to re-appeal to the masses

About Competition

The brief for the competition “Abbey” is to design a chapel on the grounds of the Whitby Abbey inspired by the church on-site, but suited to the 21st-century context.

The Monastery church was rebuilt in the Gothic style of architecture in the 13th century. The shell was in the process of being built but it was weakened due to the erosion from wind and rain. The church has carried its legend for over 700 years now, and it is time to continue the story through a contemporary structure of this day.

The aim of the challenge is to revamp the traditional chapel design and create a new structure that is set in a well-preserved and historically significant context. The visual impact must be exemplary with standout features.

The construction must have minimal impact on its natural environment. Hosting a public function, space must promote safe interaction among people with access to all faiths and communities. The design of the new chapel must be in harmony with its surrounding landmarks.


  • Condensing: The aspects of religion must be embedded in a modern way.
  • Linking: The new construction must not diminish the old ruins and neighboring heritage sites. The ruins of Whitby Abbey church are the source of inspiration, but mimicry is to be avoided.
  • Eco – Sensitivity: The site area is popular for eco-tourism and hence the chapel design must be reflective of this.
  • Aging: Religious sites are intended to last for expansive durations and their eventual aging must be addressed.

For more information visit the competition WEBSITE.

Requirements / Eligibility

The competitions are open for students and professionals from all the disciplines of design.
This is a design idea challenge only. There is no built commission/realization associated with the problem.

Submission / Key Dates

Registration Deadline: December 27, 2021
Submission Deadline: December 28, 2021
Winner Announcement: February 24, 2022

About the Organizer

Unfuse serves as a unit for Uni in the field of Architecture. It intends to break the fusion of traditional design barriers and methodologies by making it a platform for experimentation and conceptual exchange of ideas in architecture, urbanism, society, culture, and ecology. It is a research initiative dedicated to providing opportunities for designers from all domains to explore ideas that go beyond the boundaries of architectural discipline and enrich our built environment; thereby opening up possibilities for the promotion of architectural thought at a global level.

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