RIBA Regional Awards 2014: Wales
Galilee Chapel, Vale of Glamorgan
Davies Sutton Architects for PCC of Llantwit Major
Contract £520,000. GIA 150m2
A new roof and a new life for the 400 year old ruined Galilee Chapel has created a dignified exhibition space for ancient Celtic stones. It also accommodates the everyday use of nearby church and community. Both conservation principles and innovation have been required. The ruined side walls have been framed in stone and glazed extensively, allowing natural light to flood in. Local stone, lime, natural slates, limewash, oak boarding and frameless glazing all give the Chapel a feeling of permanence and quality which allow it to sit well beside the existing church, without hiding its more contemporary detailing. ‘This was a confident solution to a difficult brief,’ said the judges.