The Danube is constantly drifting; travelling through countries, cities. The Danube Chapel is built for the river: it provides a stable resting place for the ever-moving water, adapted to the urban environment. The tower-shaped building is made of galvanized tin sheets, with a swaying steeple floating on the Danube inside it. The relation between the stable structure and the moving body of water is also indicated by the play of light and shadow on the metal surface created by the gentle movement of the water.
The chapel consists of ten segments, symbolizing the ten countries that the Danube connects throughout its journey. As a result of the unidirectional movement of the river, the countries appear to follow each other in a hierarchical order and this is what the tower-like shape refers to, as well. However, the construction of units on top of each other also suggests a different kind of context: although the length of the river varies from country to country, responsibility for each other and our common world cannot be prorated on this basis. Nor does the river stop at the mouth of the Danube.
Participating artists: AU Workshop / Architecture Uncomfortable Workshop